The genus name Hedychium is derived from two ancient Greek words, hedys meaning "sweet" and chios meaning "snow". This refers to the fragrant white flower of the type species H. coronarium. Common names include garland flower, ginger lily, and kahili ginger.
Some species are cultivated for their exotic foliage and fragrant spikes of flowers in shades of white, yellow and orange. Numerous cultivars have been developed for garden use, of which 'Tara' has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
- Hedychium aurantiacum
- Hedychium coccineum
- Hedychium coronarium
- Hedychium densiflorum
- Hedychium ellipticum - shaving brush ginger
- Hedychium flavescens
- Hedychium gardnerianum - ginger lily
- Hedychium samuiense
- Hedychium spicatum - called kapur kachari in Hindi
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