Clusters of pure-white, butterfly-like, fragrant blooms are born in summer atop the tropical foliage and sturdy lush stems. Cut the flowers and put them in a vase and they can perfume an entire room with their sweet fragrance. This is an old garden favorite, easy and reliable. The White Butterfly Ginger multiplies slowly and reliably but generally not invasively.
Most Gingers need 2-4 hours of cool direct sunlight (i.e. early morning sunlight or filtered shade throughout the day). They are fairly drought resistant once well-established but often have the best foliage and flower best under average moist to moist conditions. A proper helps when growing gingers in dryer locations.
A Dawn Stover Nifty Fifty favorite herbaceous plant! Dawn is a Research Associate at Stephen F Austin in Nacogdoches, TX and currently maintains the Mast Arboretum plant collection. For more about Dawn, the wonderful arboretum, and Stephen F Austin's excellent horticultural program click here.
For an excellent article on adding gingers and other tropicals to your Louisiana garden (or other south central or southeastern garden) see "Louisiana Gardeners Enjoy a Taste of the Tropics" by Dan Gill, LSU AgCenter Horticulturist. From Norman Winter, MSU Cares Horticulturist (at time of writing), see "Spice Up Landscape with Showy Gingers".
Grows To: 4-6'H
USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9,10,11
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Outdoor Light: AM sun, Filtered shade, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
pH Range: Acidic, Mildly Acidic, Neutral, Mildly Alkaline
Soil & Moisture: Moist, wet, to average moist, moderately fertile soils. Suitable for bog gardens and at water's edge. Somewhat resistant to drought once well-established if mulched.
Salt Tolerance: Slight to Moderate
Deer Resistance: Not Likely to be Bothered
Native To / Origin: India
See our Planting A New Plant, How To, and General Growing Guide for basic planting, potting, and watering instructions
Container Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml