White Ginger Lily, Sontakka - Plant

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The white and scented species is Hedychium coronarium. It belongs to Zingiberaceae (Ginger) family. The plant blooms very profusely from summer to end of monsoon. Outside this period also flowers appear on and off.
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Description for White Ginger Lily, Sontakka

The White ginger lily (Hedychium coronarium) is originally from the Himalayas region of Nepal and India where it is known as dolan champa in Hindi, takhellei angouba in Manipuri, sontaka in Marathi, and suruli sugandhi in Kannada.

The species was introduced to Hawaii by settlers. The native Hawaiians refer to white ginger as 'awapuhi', using the juice of mature seed head as a hair and skin treatment.

Common nameFlower coloursBloom timeHeightDifficulty
Butterfly lilyWhiteSeasonal bloomer1.00 to 4.00 feetEasy to grow

Planting and care

  • Plants need deep fertile soils.
  • Plants like moist and cool weather - especially during blooming periods.
  • The plants require plenty of water from April - November.
  • SunlightSoilWaterTemperatureFertilizer
    Full SunWell-drained soilMedium60°-75°Apply any organic fertilizer

    Caring for White Ginger Lily

    • They are winged and are capable of flight. Thrips cause immense damage to tender shoots and flower buds.
    • Thrips have saw-like mouth parts with which they rasp the parts of plant and suck the juice. The affected parts look as if they are burnt.

    Typical uses of White Ginger Lily

    Special features: Borders. Container plants.

    Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.


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