September Plant of the Month: Ginger Lily

Native to India and tropical Asia, these Southern, perennial beauties show off prominent, aromatic blooms framed by rich green foliage.

The flowers resemble butterflies­, giving the Ginger Lily its other common name, “butterfly ginger.” There are many varieties with blossoms in hues of white, orange, yellow, salmon, and red. You can plant them to act as a border or grow them in containers around your home. The white blooms are a gorgeous compliment to any home decor.

These flowers thrive in partial sun planted in moist, well-drained soil in USDA Zones 7 through 11.  You should start the seedlings outside in warmer climates. Plant the seeds in autumn, 18 to 36 inches apart and cover with 1/4 inch of soil. Keep in mind that the seedlings will not bloom the first year that you plant them.

Divide and propagate them in the late fall or early spring to get more blooms. Trimming the old stems after the flower wilt also encourages new growth!


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