English names: Kahili ginger, Kahila garland lily
Latin name: Hedychium gardnerianum
Family: Ginger - Zingiberaceae
Origin: India, Nepal, Bhutan
The Kahili ginger or Kahila garland lily is a perennial which grows up to 2.5 metres tall. The leaves are light green, found on opposite sides on long stems. Its pale yellow and red flowers are clustered in inflorescences above the leaves. Characterized by an intense fragrance, they appear at the end of the summer. Readily cultivated as a garden plant in countries with favourable climates, it became feral and spread aggressively. As a result, it is widely classified as an invasive plant.