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Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Zingiber zerumbet, also widely known as "shampoo ginger" because of a liquid substance in the cones.
The pinecone-looking bracts are borne on separate stalks that show up each summer at the base of the plant.
The variety my sweet neighbor gave me a couple of years ago is the cultivar 'Darceyi' ... Zingiber zerumbet 'Darceyi'. With its green and creamy white edges, it will only grow to about 4 feet. It is a dwarf plant that suits my liking much more than the all green variety, Zingiber zerumbet, which can get 7-8 feet tall.
The foliage alone is pretty and delicate in its own right as it arches over lower lying plants at its feet. Around here I've dug it up and divided it each spring to make more plants and locate in more locations. It's happy in ample filtered sunlight.
The unique conelike stalks start out green and gradually turn to a bright red color shown in the first photo. They can be cut and used in fresh flower arrangements, too.
Gingers like the warmth and humidity of our climate. It is a no-fuss plant that requires no extra attention. I have located mine for texture and softness among natives of palmettos and live oaks.