Morning Scents

The strong scent of the Butterfly Gingers (Hedychium coronarium) drew me across the yard this morning.  Several were blooming and one was just perfect with all the flowers open at the same time.  A cold front that came through dropped our temperatures to the mid 80’s (yes, that is a cold front for us) and allowed the flowers to stay on longer.


13 Comments on “Morning Scents”

  1. pbmgarden says:

    That is lovely. I’ve had a few this year but they never open up together and look so pretty.

  2. Yay! the 80s.I can almost smell the Gingers..I had them in Atlanta and it nearly always got too cold just before they flowered. the ones here are just puny..

  3. shoreacres says:

    That really is a beauty. How will it fare if we do get into the 50s with this weekend’s front? I have a feeling these are tropical, but they may be more hardy than I realize.

  4. Tina says:

    Beautiful bloom and what a bonus that it’s fragrant. I know that gingers grow in Austin, though I never have had them in my garden.

  5. tonytomeo says:

    This looks like one I saw only a few times in the Los Angeles region back in the 1980s, and wanted to get a copy of. My colleague told me I should limit my selections to the hardier sorts. There happen to be a few that do well here too. I really want a white one though. This look just like I remember those in Southern California to look like, and if I remember correctly, my colleague mentioned that some know it as butterfly ginger. I think it is more commonly known as white garland ginger. I just knew it as white ginger. The other white ginger that I remember did not look so white.

    • This is also grown in the southeastern states, according to my blog friends in that area. They call it a ginger lily. I am surprised that the gingers can take our freezes here.

      • tonytomeo says:

        Some are quite tough, and can grow wild here. (They do not seem to naturalize outside of where they were planted, but can survive after a landscape is abandoned.) Our winters are mild, but are a bit too cool for the tropical sorts. My colleague down south finally got a blue ginger that he had been wanting since he was a kid, only to find out that it is not a ginger at all. It is not even fragrant.


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