Old fashioned Gingerlily

whitehandOctober 12, 2007

We moved into and old house in downtown Baton Rouge in July.

There is a row of what I'm sure are gingerlilies under a large tree overhanging from our neighbors yard. I'm sure the gingerlilies were planted before the tree was so large, as they need more sun to bloom (these didn't). Therefore, these lilies are probably an old standard variety. So, does anyone have any idea what color they'll probably be? I've got a scheme in mind for the front yard, and if they aren't yellow, they need to be transplanted to a sunnier location in the back yard. So, anyway, what color will the probably be?

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lac1361(z9a Lake Charles, LA)

If the plant is what you think it is, the botanical name is Curcuma Petiolata. It is considered a heirloom plant of the South. It definitely needs sun to bloom. The blooms will emerge in late summer and are a light pink with small yellow flowers. This ginger goes dormant with the first frost. For a picture, go to www.stokestropicals.com. Search the site under the botanical name.


    Bookmark   October 16, 2007 at 8:45AM
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tamivileine(z8b OS,MS, US)

I was hesitant to say anything but I think it needs saying:

'old fashioned gingerlily' is vague.

I mean, Curcuma species are called 'gingerlily' (and 'hidden' ginger) so are butterfly ginger (Hedychium x. sp.) and pine cone ginger which is also called shampoo ginger and pinecone lily (Zingiber zerumbet)

I can't think of any Curcuma sp. that bloom with an overall yellow appearance, at least not offhand. (I mean, Curcumas look pink, even if the actual flower bits are yellow.) Some Hedychium are yellow, and Zingibers as well. I've seen all three in very old gardens, though...

Gotta pic of the leaves? That would help so much.

pic of Curcuma

pic of Hedychium

pic of Zingiber zerumbet

    Bookmark   October 17, 2007 at 8:02AM
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