Butterfly Ginger is one of the more cold tolerant herbaceous perennial gingers available in the nursery trade. This species resembles a small Canna spp. with terminal clusters of fragrant white orchid-like flowers. Plants are short slowly spreading moderately coarse textured evergreen shrubs in subtropical to tropical climates or they serve as herbaceous perennials through zone 7.
Plant Habit or Use:
Perennial, shrub, small shrub, medium shrub, tropical
sun, partial sun
White, frangrant, orchid-like in small clusters.
3-valved orange arils with red seeds; produced mostly in subtropcial climates.
Regions that intersect these hardiness zones: Region A - Panhandle and High Plains• Region B - North and Central Texas• Region C - Northeast and East Texas• Region D - West Texas• Region E - Upper Rio Grande• Region F - Hill Country and Central Coast• Region G - Southeast Texas• Region H - Rio Grande Valley
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One of the most hardy gingers available in the U.S. nursery trade.
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A Special Note about Cool Season Annuals
Cool season annuals typically are planted in the fall or early winter and flower in early spring under moderate temperatures. This group of plant materials includes: pansies,
snapdragons, violas, dianthus, flowering cabbage/kale, etc. Because cool season annuals flower in the spring when conditions are mild, most have limited heat tolerance.
As a result cool season annuals do not receive a high Earth–Kind® index despite their outstanding landscape qualities.