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Zingiber zerumbet/Pinecone Ginger

Zingiber zerumbet / Zingiber zerumbet
Close-up image of the floral receptacle with a single flower emerging at the top
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Close-up image of the floral receptacle with a single flower emerging at the top

Makes a handsome display of the off-white pinecones

Pinecones always hidden in among the foliage in late summer

Flowers appear on stalks that emerge in late summer, first in a green stage, then red

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Scientific Name: Zingiber zerumbet
Common Name: Pinecone Ginger
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Summer, Fall
Flower color: White, Green, Red
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: This semi-tropical ginger produces prominent stalked, red, pinecone-shaped floral heads that are actually bracts or modified leaves. Small white flowers emerge from between the scales of the cones. This ginger grows well in full sunlight to partial shade. Provide a well drained soil. The floral pinecones make long lasting cutflowers. This ginger is sometimes called the shampoo ginger because soapy fluid can be squeezed from the pinecone heads.