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A fragrant tropical plant

August 28, 2011

The white ginger-lily (Hedychium coronarium, Zingiberaceae) has been cultivated for millenia in its homeland India and Southeast Asia. Its purely white and fragrant blossom is a traditional offering at Buddhist temples (the white in the Thai flag is a symbol of the purity of the religion). At Dokmai Garden my family use it as an offering also to the spirits, mainly saeng mok by the giant forest mango.

This plant prefers a shady and wet environment. A common pest on any ginger is the stem-borer called ‘yellow peach moth’.

The white ginger-lily as seen at Dokmai Garden in late August.

Ketsanee Seehamongkol

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