General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 4 feet to 8 feet
Plant Spread: 2 feet to 4 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: In mild winter climates the plant will die back in winter but re-emerge in spring.
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: 4"-5"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

Common names
  • Butterfly Ginger
  • White Ginger
  • Butterfly Lily
  • Garland Lily
  • Cinnamon Jasmine
  • Ginger Lily

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  • Posted by agreenerside (Quantico maryland - Zone 7b) on Sep 3, 2015 8:21 PM concerning plant:
    This plant is fascinating, and it's captivating when in bloom. Otherwise, people think it's weird-looking corn. Rhizomes on the surface may freeze, but they survive from tips underground in zone 7 just fine. I would imagine zone 6 with mulch would be fine. Always looks stressed in full sun without ample water.
    They are showing flowering heads as of September 1.
  • Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Oct 27, 2018 10:35 AM concerning plant:
    My plants are still blooming here in zone 9 in late October, but the spent flower cones of August have gone to seed. I've collected the small red ornamental seed pods & will offer them in the DND Swap in November. I've never had to grow them from seeds as my clump enlarges each year by rhizomes.
  • Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jul 18, 2018 1:57 PM concerning plant:
    I'm in zone 9 and the 1st flowers of 2018 opened June 24. I knew it before seeing the pretty flowers because the fragrance caught me off guard all the way to my patio 10 feet away from the plants.
  • Posted by robertduval14 (Milford, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Sep 20, 2016 7:30 PM concerning plant:
    National Flower of Cuba.
Plant Events from our members
Mechellet On March 14, 2015 Seeds sown
Started 4 seeds in peat pellet
Mechellet From February 15, 2015 to March 14, 2015 Seeds sown
10 seeds in moist paper towel on cable box (in sandwich bag)
Chantell On April 22, 2022 Transplanted
Transplanted these from townhouse to new house March 2021 - heavy flush Fall 2021 and now they're already coming up.
Chantell On April 15, 2006 Obtained plant
Needed moved multiple time till spot was found that wasn't too shady yet provided enough sun - fall bloomer for me
UncleWill On June 9, 2019 Obtained plant
lovesblooms On February 26, 2020 Seeds sown
indoors, heat, lights
tabbycat On April 15, 2022 Miscellaneous Event
About 5 stalks returned & are about 2' tall
tabbycat On March 25, 2021 Plant emerged
A few just starting
tabbycat On February 25, 2021 Maintenance performed
Cut dead growth to ground
tabbycat On June 15, 2020 Bloomed
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