The native ginger is an edible perennial herb, and is a good bush tucker plant. It has broad sword shaped green leaves with attractive red leaf reverses. The fragrant white flowers are followed by blue berries. The new leaf shoots and berries have a mild ginger flavour and can be used in cooking, or eaten fresh from the plant. It forms a clump to 2 metres tall, and is hardy. Likes a lightly shaded to full shade spot, and can be used indoors. Likes water in dry spells. Grows from an underground rhizome, so the plant can be cut back hard if it looks untidy. Frost will damage the leaves, but it should reshoot once the danger of frost is over, though hard and prolonged frost could kill the rhizome.
|Scientific Name:||Alpinia caerulea|
|Common Name:||Native Ginger|
|Plant Type:||Clumping perennial, Bulb or bulb-like|
|Height:||2 ~ 2.5 metres|
|Width:||1 ~ 2 metre|
|Flowering Time:||All year|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral|
|Soil Type:||Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Indoor, Poolside, Container growing|
|Climate Zone:||Sub-tropical, Warm temperate|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade, Half shade, Heavy shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Dense foliage|
|Soil Moisture:||Moist moderate drainage, Needs regular watering|
|Propagation Method:||Seed, Division|
|Frost Tolerance:||Not frost tolerant|
|Plant Usage:||Feature plant, Windbreak, Border plant, Attractive foliage|
|Special Uses:||Edible, Cut flower, Decorative fruit, Erosion control, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing, Playground friendly|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Butterflies, Other insects|
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