Friday, December 07, 2007

Hedychium coronarium/ Ginger lily/ Butterfly Ginger

It's confirmed. The flower that I bought last week is the Ginger lily. I have fallen in love with it and will definitely plant more. How can I describe the smell.. well it smells like lily.. a bit like t he jasmine/ melur but sweeter and fresher. Apparently comes in pink and coppery colour too click here for other colours

It can be found near Mekong River and is used in local medicine to treat cold, headache, arthritis, and injuries. It is also the National flower of Cuba.The native Hawaiians refer to white ginger as 'Awapuhi', using the juice of mature seed head as a hair and skin treatment.Its fragrance can be extracted by "enfleurage". Yay This is what I want to hear.

And its essential oil has antifungal as well as antibacterial effects. The antimicrobial activities of the essential oil were individually evaluated against four microorganisms, including two bacteria and two fungi. It was found that the antimicrobial activity was higher in the fresh sample than the dried. Both samples showed a better activity against Trichoderma sp. and Candida albicans than against the bacteria Bacillus subtilis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.


fifi said...

HI zue, Beautiful plants! Wow, I can imagine nanti your garden sure macam Mak Mas punya, I absolutely love her concept! Keep on posting the pics! Fifi x

Minahsongeh said...


Thanks! kalau ada sipi2 dengan mak mas' pun ok. Hers mmg cantik.

Minahsongeh said...

Went to you mum's hse last Saturday. She has lots of ginger lilies and gemuk2 pulak tu. I love your mum's plants - semuanya sihat2

MAMAMIA said...

Baru balik dari Cameron, geram tengok bunga2 kat sana...

Minahsongeh said...

Wah bestnya Cameron highland!! Minah mmg geram tengok bunga kat sana especially roses. Bau dia sweeter than yang kat sini and besor2.

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