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Hedychium densiflorum ‘Assam Orange’

Hedychium densiflorum ‘Assam Orange’ is also known as the Ginger Lily ‘Assam Orange‘ or the Hardy Ginger Lily. It is part of the Zingiberaceae family of plants. That is the ginger family. Hedychium is native to Asia. It is a vigorous tropical plant. This exotic plant is very easy to grow.

Hedychium densiflorum ‘Assam Orange’ is a hardy, rhizomatous perennial. It is clump-forming. Hedychium densiflorum ‘Assam Orange’ grows as high as 5m or 16ft tall. The Hedychium densiflorum ‘Assam Orange’ foliage is lance-shaped. It is glossy green.

Hedychium densiflorum ‘Assam Orange’ was discovered in 1938 by Francis (Frank) Kingdon-Ward (1885-1958) an English botanist who went on 25 expeditions, spanning over 50 years. He explored many areas of Asia.

Hedychium densiflorum 'Assam Orange'
The orange flower of Hedychium densiflorum ‘Assam Orange’

Hedychium densiflorum ‘Assam Orange’ flowers in the summer. In most climates in July and August. The blossoms look like spikes of bottlebrush. They could be as tall as 18in or 45cm. They are bright orange. Hedychium densiflorum flowers are denser than other Hedychiums. It has fragrant flowers.

Hedychium densiflorum 'Assam Orange'
Hedychium densiflorum ‘Assam Orange’ at Kew Gardens, London, UK

How to grow Hedychium densiflorum ‘Assam Orange’

Grow Hedychium densiflorum ‘Assam Orange’ in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in humus-rich, moist soil that is well-drained. Plant it 4in or 10cm deep. Shelter it from cold winds.

Feed it every two weeks during the growing season. If you are in a cold climate, the leaves will die down with the first frost. It will re-grow from the roots in spring. It is hardy to -7ºC or 19F.

Protect Hedychium densiflorum ‘Assam Orange’ rhizomes with mulch if there is frost. Propagate by dividing rhizomes. Cut back old flowers and damaged foliage after the flowering season. Hedychium densiflorum ‘Assam Orange’ is usually disease-free. Watch out from aphids and spider mite.

Hedychium densiflorum 'Assam Orange'
Hedychium densiflorum ‘Assam Orange’
Hedychium densiflorum 'Assam Orange'
Hedychium densiflorum ‘Assam Orange’ at Kew Garden, London, UK

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