Plant ID forum: Can you tell me what this is?

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LyndaC
Jun 18, 2016 10:24 AM CST
I thought I was digging up baby banana trees but when they started to grow, I saw that the leaves are growing straight from the stalk, not from a stem attached to the stalk like my banana tree. Now I wonder what type of plant I have growing in my pots. I live in Orlando, Florida. They look like banana trees when they were small, a tightly furled leaf coming from the center of the stalk.
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Jun 18, 2016 10:26 AM CST
Looks like a ginger. Possibly a Butterfly Ginger (Hedychium coronarium)
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Name: Feng Xiao Long
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XiaoLong
Jun 18, 2016 10:55 AM CST
I agree
Member of ginger family. But i am not sure which one. It could be butterfly ginger as Jay said.
But there also many possibilities. The leaf shape and arrangement in family looks so similar. Smiling

LyndaC
Jun 18, 2016 11:53 AM CST
Thanks all! I guess I will plant them on the side of the house and see what color flowers bloom, if any. I have 9 growing in pots and disappointed they aren't banana trees.
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Horntoad
Jun 18, 2016 11:55 AM CST
XiaoLong said: I agree
Member of ginger family. But i am not sure which one. It could be butterfly ginger as Jay said.
But there also many possibilities. The leaf shape and arrangement in family looks so similar. Smiling


I agree, mine was just a guess since the form is right and it is probably the most common. No way to know for sure until it blooms.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jun 3, 2017 7:41 PM CST
Looks a lot like
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