Each year during late summer or early autumn you will be rewarded with beautiful very showy flower spikes that make growing this plant very worthwhile and rewarding.

Kahili ginger is an ornamental, tropical plant that will grow to about 2.5m when planted in suitable soil and looked after. It is often referred to as Ginger Lily. The beautiful bright yellow to orange flower spikes emerge from the end of the stalk. There are long pinkish to red stamens that extend from the flower producing a beautiful contrast to the yellow of the rest of the flower.

Orange fruits form that ripen to red and attract a variety of birdlife into your garden

Other Names

Ginger Lily, Kahila garden lily, Wild ginger lily, Salmon butterfly ginger.


Lifecycle - perennial

Height - 2.5m

Width - 60 to 90cm

Flower Size - 15cm

Flower Colour - Yellow to orange

Leaf Colour - green

Kahili Ginger Flower

Common Pest and Diseases

Kahili Gingers are very robust and not susceptible to many pests or diseases. But occasionally you may find the following affecting them:

  • Red spider mite
  • Aphids


Watering should be done at least weekly - the soil should not be allowed to dry out. Monitor the top 3cm of soil and if this becomes dry, then watering is required. 

Thoroughly water and allow a deep soaking to occur.

Scientific Classification

Genus - Hedychium

Family - Zingiberaceae

Order - Zingiberales

Class - Liliopsida

Phylum - Tracheophyta

Required Conditions

  • Light - grow best in Full sun to partial shade.
  • Water - do not tolerate extreme dry conditions. Best to ensure that the soil id kept moist.
  • Temperature - they do not tolerate frosts, but will grow well in temperatures down as low as 2oC.
  • Soil - Well drained soil is best. So a sandy loam is ideal. They do not tolerate extremes in pH, so slightly alkaline, neutral, or slightly acidic is ideal.


Apply a general fertiliser to the base of the plant 4 times a year.


Trim diseased and withered branches after flowering. Remove this at the base.

About the author: Steve McLean
I am an educator and passionate gardener and traveler. I love helping others to grow productive gardens and am always looking for new ways to develop my own gardening knowledge. I believe that that by working together with gardening as a common theme for us all, the world will be a better place.

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