Tropical Gardening: Long days mean ginger time

The guava jelly ginger, Hedychium greeneii, is colorful and long lasting when used for lei. It has no fragrance and this is an advantage to those who mind the heavy fragrance of other gingers usually used in lei making. (courtesy photo/Voltaire Moise)

Long summer days stimulate the flowering of many fragrant ginger species. Visitors to our islands frequently comment on how sweet our air smells with the abundance of flowers in bloom. Many ginger species may be given credit for this effect.