The Whole Plant – Hedychium – Butterfly Ginger Lily

A week ago I posted a photo of the flower of the Butterfly Ginger Lily. Now here is the whole plant, which is big – as in taller than head height.

butterfly ginger lily heychium

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  1. The flower closeup from the other day is spectacular David. But she looks so forlorn as a whole in this one here. (Extremely thirsty with all of those blossoms, I’m guessing…)

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    1. You are right. It was past its best in the ‘whole’ shot. There is a gap of probably two weeks between the photos.

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      1. Not necessarily past its best, but definitely needing a good soaking!

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        1. It’s in a shady place ‘facing’ north and backed by trees. It is about thirty feet from a small stream, and the earth path that runs by it is usually on the slightly damp side. All of which makes me realise something that until now just zipped over my head – which is that it likes damp, shady conditions. 🙂

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        2. A lot of *why* packed into a few minutes’ read (*lots of reasons why they’re not looking very good at the moment; ) https://funflowerfacts.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/fun-flower-facts-butterfly-ginger-lily-hedychium/amp/

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        3. Thank you. So there is a reason for the name: “The butterfly ginger lily is related to the culinary ginger”

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  2. Also, that tree in behind to the left looks suspiciously like HopHornBeam – an understory tree that grows under the Maples and Basswood in our hedgerow here – and while it can take a lack of moisture at times (like right now in mid-late summer) there’s nothing much growing at their feet either…

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    1. I can’t tell from the photo. I will take a look next time. There are hop hornbeams there, so it may well be.

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