Yellow ginger lily

Yellow ginger lily

Hedychium flavescens

Common Name:

Yellow ginger lily

Scientific Name:

Hedychium flavescens

Alternative common names:


Vigorous plant up to 2m high. Broad, bright green leaves which sheath the stems. Fragrant flowers in spikes up to 30cm long from January to April. Each flower has a slender tube with three narrow and three broad, petal-like lobes. Flowers are yellow, sometimes reddish-yellow at the base.

Additional Information

Where does this species come from?

Asia (Himalayas)

What is its invasive status in South Africa?

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

Where in South Africa is it a problem?

Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Free State

How does it spread?


Why is it a problem?

Competes with and replaces indigenous species. Obstructs access to plantations.

What does it look like?

-Leaves: Broad, bright green leaves
-Flowers: Flowers are yellow, sometimes reddish-yellow at the base, bloom from January to April.
-Fruit/seeds: Capsules

Does the plant have any uses?


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