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    09 / 17 / 2014

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I dug these from a friend’s yard 2 years ago. They have done beautifully, blooming each year in August, smelling heavenly. I assume they are Ginger Lilies. Last year I had no problems handling them. Today, tho, I was staking some leaning stalks and experienced a very strong stinging sensation on my right forearm. There weren’t any ants, caterpillars or spiders, just the leaves having come in contact with my skin. Washed my arm, cortisone cream, and still smarts, but not red. Any thoughts?


  • Cathee Bollinger Unregistered says:

    I had the same problem. No rash, felt like a hit pepper in my skin.coconut oil helped but still slight burning.Glad I did not scratch my eyes.

    November 8th, 2020 at 2:27pm

  • Metrosideros Master Identifier says:

    Hedychium coronarium, White Ginger Lily. What Walter said sounds right. Hedychium species do have sap that is irritating, but not like described. It would be hard to get enough sap out of the stem of Hedychium to cause significant irritation. The most common poisoning caused by Hedychium species is when folks use the rhizome as edible Ginger. Although Hedychium has rhizomes that look & smell similar to edible Ginger, eating Hedychium species will cause gastrointestinal ulcers. Getting the sap of Hedychium species on the skin would cause an irritation, but not as bad as described.

    September 19th, 2014 at 10:53am

  • Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    my bet is that your arm encountered a saddleback caterpillar see my website notes

    September 17th, 2014 at 5:23pm

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