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Dr. Moy Ginger Lily

Hedychium 'Dr. Moy'

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Dr. Moy Ginger Lily (Hedychium 'Dr. Moy') at Roger's Gardens

Dr. Moy Ginger Lily flowers

Dr. Moy Ginger Lily flowers

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Dr. Moy Ginger Lily (Hedychium 'Dr. Moy') at Roger's Gardens

Dr. Moy Ginger Lily foliage

Dr. Moy Ginger Lily foliage

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Height:  4 feet

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  7b

Other Names:  Garland Lily, Butterfly Ginger


This fine selection produces lance-shaped, sea green leaves with dramatic white variegation; fragrant peachy-orange, orchid-like blooms in late summer; great in containers, or massed along borders; benefits from some shelter and rich soil

Ornamental Features

Dr. Moy Ginger Lily features showy racemes of fragrant peach orchid-like flowers with orange overtones rising above the foliage from late summer to early fall. Its attractive recurved sword-like leaves remain bluish-green in color with prominent white stripes throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Dr. Moy Ginger Lily is an herbaceous perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Dr. Moy Ginger Lily is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Dr. Moy Ginger Lily will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Dr. Moy Ginger Lily is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features