Ginger lily

Hedychium gardnerianum
Large, spreading plant out-competes natives for light and moisture in moist habitats. Heavy and difficult to remove from bush.
Family: Zingiberaceae
Origin: Himalayas
Habit: Robust perennial herb 2-3 m high with creeping underground stems (rhizomes) up to 1 metre long.
Leaves: About 40cm long and 15 cm wide. Alternately arranged and lance-shaped with long-pointed tips.
Flowers: Yellow with red filaments and very fragrant, in spike-like clusters, summer to autumn.
Fruit and Seeds: Produces large amounts of seed.
Roots: Large fleshy rhizomes forming dense layers up to 1 metre thick.
Dispersal: Garden dumping of stems.
Control: Remove underground stems from contact with the soil. Bulbous & Succulent Weeds 45

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