Zingiber Spectabile - Beehive Ginger Wailuku Maui Hawaii - Tepus Tanah
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The genus Zingiber contains the true gingers, a set of plants with medicinal and culinary value in many parts of the world. The most well-known is Z. officinale, garden ginger.
Each ginger species has a different culinary usage; for example, myoga is valued for the stem and flowers.
Garden ginger's rhizome is the classic spice "ginger", and may be used whole, candied (known commonly as crystallized ginger), or dried and powdered.
Other popular gingers used in cooking include cardamom and turmeric, though neither of these examples is a "true ginger" - they belong to different genera in the Zingiberaceae family.
This Malaysian native may reach 6 ft tall.
The 3 ft tall stems bear showy foot long inflorescence
The yellow aging to scarlet bracts overlap. The yellow true flowers have black tips.
Erect, from 6-8 feet tall, and the inflorescences are basal.
The bracts are pale yellow in a young inflorescence, becoming red as it matures, especially if it receives some full sun.
It prefers to be in the cool understory of the canopy in filtered light with shade from taller plants.
All parts of the plant have a strong gingery fragrance.
They are attractive in the garden and as a cut flower.
Blooms from July through November.
Propagated by division, stem cuttings and seeds. The seeds do not store well for long . . sow as soon as possible.
Zingiber spectabile - Beehive Ginger Wailuku Maui Hawaii - Tepus Tanah
From my collections:
Tropical Flowers of Hawaii
The Ginger Collection
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July 14th, 2013
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