Ginger Lily

Botanical Name(s): Hedychium
Family Name: Zingiberaceae
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Hedychium
Species: Hedychium coccineum, Hedychium coronarium, Hedychium gardnerianum, Hedychium spicatum
Popular Name(s): Hedichium, Kapur Kachri, Garland Flower, Kahili Ginger, Spiked Ginger Lily
Parts Used: Rhizomes
Habitat: Grows in Sub Tropical Himalayas.

Ginger lily is a perennial attractive plant that reaches a height of up to 6 feet (120 to 180 cm). It is a smallish hardy ginger with green leaves measuring 30 cm or more. The flowers are large and beautiful, in orange and white color. They have a heavy sweet fragrance and can grow in all conditions, from full sun to filtered shade. Some species of ginger lily are grown as ornamental plants. The plant is native to tropical Asia and the Himalayas. It is also known as takhellei in Manipuri. One of its species, white ginger lily (Hedychium coronarium) is the national flower of Cuba, where it is known as “Flor de Mariposa”. A farmer’s house is not complete without a white ginger in the garden. Hedychium is common in Brazil, where it is considered an invasive weed.

Plant Chemicals
(+)- essential oil (ethyl ester of p-methoxy cinnamic acid, d-sabirene cineole, sesquiterpenes, pentadecane methyl paracumarine acetate), starch, resins, organic acids, glycoside (sitosterol, -D-glycoside), albumen, saccharine.

Uses & Benefits of Ginger Lily