|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Wild|
Moist places along streams and on forest edges.
Along the banks of rivers, in swampy areas, open wet locations and the edges of shaded secondary forests, at elevations from sea-level up to 2,500 metres.
Hedychium coronarium is a plant of subtropical to tropical regions. It is not very cold-hardy, tolerating short-lived temperatures falling to about -2°c.
Requires a rich moist soil and a sunny position or partial shade.
It succeeds in shallow water.
Plants often escape from cultivation and become naturalised. They can spread considerably by means of their rhizomes to form dense thickets – these can quite hard to eradicate.
The flowers have a delicious perfume which is most pronounced towards evening.
Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits.
The tubers should be only just covered by soil.