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Dainty Ginger Lily

Hedychium gracile

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Dainty Ginger Lily (Hedychium gracile) at A Very Successful Garden Center

Dainty Ginger Lily

Dainty Ginger Lily

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Dainty Ginger Lily (Hedychium gracile) at A Very Successful Garden Center

Dainty Ginger Lily stems

Dainty Ginger Lily stems

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Height:  3 feet

Spread:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  7b

Other Names:  Dwarf Ginger Lily, Garland Lily


This small selection produces lance-shaped, medium green leaves; dainty spikes of tiny, star-like white flowers with long red stamens, in late summer to early fall; great in containers, or massed along borders; benefits from some shelter and rich soil

Ornamental Features

Dainty Ginger Lily features showy spikes of fragrant white star-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from late summer to early fall. Its attractive recurved sword-like leaves remain green in color with pointy creamy white spines throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Dainty Ginger Lily is an herbaceous perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Dainty Ginger Lily is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Dainty Ginger Lily will grow to be about 30 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America.

Dainty Ginger Lily is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features