Red ginger lily

Red ginger lily

Hedychium coccineum (Zingiberaceae)

Common Name:

Red ginger lily

Scientific Name:

Hedychium coccineum (Zingiberaceae)

Alternative common names:

Rooigemmerlelies (Afrikaans)


A vigorous plant up to 2m high. Broad, bright green or greyish-green leaves which sheath the stems. Showy, fragrant flowers in spikes up to 35cm long from January to March. Flowers are red with pink protruding stamens

Additional Information

Where does this species come from?

Asia (Himalayas)

What is its invasive status in South Africa?

Existing legislation: CARA 2002 - Category 1 NEMBA - Category 1b

Where in South Africa is it a problem?

KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo provinces

How does it spread?

Seed dispersal

Why is it a problem?

Competes with and replaces indigenous species. Obstructs access to plantations

What does it look like?

General description: A lily-like herb growing up to 2m high from rhizomes.
Leaves: Large bright green or greyish-green broad leaves.
Flowers: Numerous red with pink flowers on a raised stalk up to 350mm long appearing from January to March.
Fruit/seeds: Produces capsules with numerous seeds.

Does the plant have any uses?

Planted as a garden ornament

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