Alpinia sericea – Native ginger

Native ginger is a rainforest clumping perennial, with large, shiny leaves, long spikes of fragrant white flowers and round blue fruit. Flowering can occur most of the year in warm areas. The fruit, roots and leaves are edible, and have a tangy ginger taste. An easy care, low maintenance plant which performs best in part shade and with adequate water. It grows from underground rhizomes, and if the foliage becomes untidy or burnt by frost, they can be cut back hard to reshoot. The flowers and foliage can be used for flower arrangements.

Family:Zingiberaceae
Scientific Name:Alpinia sericea
Common Name:Native Ginger
Plant Type:Bulb or bulb-like
Height:2 ~ 3 metres
Width:2 ~ 3 metres
Flower Colour:Cream
Flowering Time:All year
Ph Level:Neutral
Soil Type:Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Flower garden
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade, Heavy shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost, Not frost tolerant
Special Uses:Edible, Decorative fruit, Fast growing
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects

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WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that looks right for you, the next step is where to buy it.
Most nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may not always have the plant that you are searching for in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you if you request it.
Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you have planned on, they can often suggest alternatives that will also work well for you.
Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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