Butterfly Ginger Lily, White Ginger Lily, Garland Flower • Hindi: Dolan champa दोलन चम्पा • Manipuri: তখেল্লৈ অঙৌবা Takhellei angouba • Marathi: Sontaka • Kannada: Suruli Sugandhi • Assamese: Pakhila phul • Marathi: Sontaka • Tamil: Chankitam, Chantikantam, Chantiramullikai • Telugu: Kichchiligadda, Vasa Vasanthi; Kalyana souganthigham (Malyalam);     


BUTTERFLY GINGER LILY-200811MN:   Sending photos of Butterfly Ginger lily  growing in our garden.   It
has a nice fragrance.
Botanical name : Hedychium coronarium
Common name : Butterfly ginger lily
Place : Dombivli, Thane Dt.
Date : 19.8.2011




Is this
Scientific Name: Hedychium coronarium
Common Names: White Ginger, White Garland-lily, Butterfly Ginger
Zingiberaceae – Ginger family
is the marathi name Sontakka?

Yes Mam. this is Hedychium coronarium, one of the threatened medicinal plant in Orissa as per FRLHT, Bangalore. 

Called dolon champa in bengal quite common in end of monsoon here on the east gangatic plains.. so it must be in the western ghats area with  very heavery rains and monson season almost like our own here.. 

I forgot to add the flowers have very nice fragrance 

Yes it has nice fragrance and the flower is active in the night as well.




16102011BS-1 Zingiberaceae member from Ghrounda Eleflorist Nursery for id: Zingiberaceae member from Ghrounda Eleflorist Nursery for id
The nurseryman said this is small cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
They brought this plant from Kerala.
But i am not much convinced from their id after seeing flowers
pls id this shrub cultivated about 5-6 feet high with white flowers 

Yes Hedychium coronarium 




Hedychium coronarium:  

Also posting Hedychium coronarium, or sontaka as a comparison to H.flavescens

Yes, Dolon champa in Bengali…
often planted in gardens… but seems I find it in “wilderness” areas in and around kolkata…


White ginger lily, (Family: Zingiberaceae):  

Here is an unsung flower with mild, yet exquisite fragrance.
Plant : White ginger lily (Hedychium coronarium)
Date/Time- 15/08/2009 & 29/11/2011
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- Nalikul (Hooghly District), West Bengal (lat 22.830459346159003N, long 88.16768646240234E)
Habitat- Garden
Plant Habit- Herb
Height/Length- 5 ft. approx.
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- NA
Inflorescence Type/ Size- NA
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- white
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- NA
Other Information like Fragrance, Pollinator, Uses etc.- DOLAN-CHAMPA in Bengali, vegetative propagation


Excellent photographs



This exquisite fragrant beauty is growing in my home yard, photographed couple of hours ago. (10.8.14)

A very beautiful plant …Good that it is growing in your vicinity…thanks for sharing..

Thank you Sir, it is and was favourite to my parents.

These flowers are really beautiful and their sublime fragrance.

We called Dolon Champa

Yes, we also call it DOLON-CHAMPA



From our Nasik home garden.

White Ginger Lily.


Attached is a picture of Hedychium coronarium captured at Konkan, Maharshtra in September 2008.

Yes, locally known as ‘Kalyanasowgandigam’



Hedychium coronarium is a common ornamental herb in Pantnagar.



Hedychium coronarium





Hedychium coronarium J.Koenig (accepted name) : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
Location: Pokhara, Nepal
Altitude:  2600 ft.
Date: 27 July 2015
Nepali Name : दुध केवरा  Dudh Kewaraa 



Hedychium coronarium J.König : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Location: Thula Khet, Pokhara, Nepal 

Date : 10 August 2017

Altitude : 2800 ft.
Nepali Name : दुध केवरा Dudh Kewaraa 

Hedychium coronarium

Re: Hedychium coronarium? : 5 posts by 4 authors. 6 images.
This is from Rajnagar, Kumarghat, Tripura
Are Hedychium coronarium and Hedychium spicatum same?

Hedychium coronarium !

Hedychium coronarium
and not the same. h. spicatum flower petals are different



Hedychium coronarium :: Virajpet, Coorg :: 12 NOV 19 : 5 posts by 3 authors. 2 images.
… at a resort  in Virajpet, Coorg

Date: November 12, 2019 … Altitude: about 910 m (3000 ft) asl

Hedychium coronarium  J.Koenig  





Zingiberaceae sp. from Barapani, Meghalaya KD 02 Aug. 2017 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)

Attached images may be Zingiberaceae sp. Pl. ID the sp.  
Date :12.09.2017
Location: Barapani, Meghalaya
Family :Zingiberaceae (?)
Genus & species : ??
Habitat: Grows wild on open place
Habit :  Herb

Hedychium sp.

Hedychium coronarium


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