Hedychium coronarium

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Garland Flower, Hedychium coronarium, has large, dramatic pointed leaves and pine cone shaped flower buds from which extremely fragrant, white flowers with yellow throats appear in late summer. In cool locations, it may not flower every year but can be used as an attractive foliage plant since it can grow to 6 feet in height. Grow in sun to bright shade in fertile, moist soil. Deciduous in the temperate garden. Reported to be hardy to 5 degrees F if mulched. Zingiberaceae

Hedychium coronarium is considered an invasive species on Hawaii. Care should be taken if grown in a tropical climate but it is much less vigorous when grown in a temperate climate like the Pacific Northwest and is not considered a threat in these areas. Also known as Hedychium consanguineum.

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