|Botanical Name||Hedychium flavescens|
DescriptionHerb with stout, erect stems and lanceolate (lance-shaped) leaves. Thick, fleshy rhizomes. Spikes of creamy-white flowers. Yellow ginger is not as common as Kahili ginger and is a smaller plant with more slender upright leaves. Does not seed. To identify yellow ginger note the creamy white flowers (without the red stamens found in Kahili ginger). Flowers autumn/winter.
Where is it found?Coastal and lowland shrub areas, forest margins, slips and light gaps, stream sides. Is thought to be introduced to the natural environment primarily by people dumping vegetative waste in offroad sites. Less common than Kahili ginger.
Why is it a problem?Yellow ginger will spread into well shaded areas of the forest and displace lower tier plants of the community. This greatly impairs the regeneration and proper functioning of the forest in this area. The plant spreads relatively quickly, by vegetative regeneration of rhizomes, especially on downhill and downstream sloping sites.
How does it spread?Often spread by the dumping of garden waste. Vegetative reproduction only. Responds to rhizome disturbance.
How do I get rid of it?
Slash stems and dig out all rhizomes. Pull out young seedlings (NB old shade suppressed plants may appear small but have a string of rhizomes attached to them).
Stems and leaves may be left to mulch. Do not mulch or compost rhizomes because they always resprout. Bury rhizomes at a landfill, or dry and thoroughly burn.
Spray foliage or slash stems and spray cut stumps.
Metsulfuron + Penetrant. Apply from spring to late autumn.
Rate - Handgun 25 g Metsulfuron + 100 ml Penetrant/100 litres water. Knapsack 5 g Metsulfuron + 10 ml Penetrant/10 litres water.
At present infestations seem to be of small size. They should be kept to a very limited distribution and not allowed to spread to a size that is not quickly controlled.
This plant is prohibited from propagation, sale and distribution within New Zealand!