Ginger adds fragrance and color to Hawaiian gardens

  • Not all gingers are fragrant. The spiral flag, or Costus ginger group, has long-lasting inflorescence but are perfect for those who don’t care for the sweet odor of yellow and white gingers. (Voltaire Moise/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Edible ginger or Zingiber officinale, turmeric or olena and cardamom are spices but were originally used as medicines and have anti oxidant properties

  • Pink ginger and orchids are seen. (Any Rosato/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • This Himalayan ginger, also known as kahili ginger, has taken over the native forest on ‘Iliahi Trail in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. (HVNP photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • This unusual form of yellow ginger lasts much longer than the common form and blooms intermittently throughout the year, making it ideal as a commercial lei flower and for flower arrangements. (Photo courtesy/Voltaire Moise)

Visitors to our Islands frequently comment on how fragrant our air smells with the abundance of flowers in bloom.