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.
|Scientific Name:||Alpinia sericea|
|Common Name:||Native Ginger|
|Plant Type:||Bulb or bulb-like|
|Height:||2 ~ 3 metres|
|Width:||2 ~ 3 metres|
|Flowering Time:||All year|
|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|
|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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