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GLOBBA winitii

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Grandiflora

Family

Zingiberaceae

Botanical Name

GLOBBA winitii

Plant Common Name

Dancing Ladies Ginger, Ginger

General Description

Mauve dancing ladies gingers are tender perennials native to warm, humid Thailand. The lush, herbaceous plants grow reed-like stalks from fleshy, underground stems (rhizomes). The broad, lance-shaped leaves with strongly pointed tips and heart-shaped bases clasp the stem near the bottom and are more upright near the top. The bright green leaves may be darker to purplish underneath depending of cultivar. Striking flowers appear summer though early winter on stalks which appear from the leaves. Each flower spike is pendent with lilac-purple bracts (modified leaves) trailing down the spike and small, tubular, yellow flowers with contorted petals which spread out from the stalk and dance in the breeze. The fruit is a capsule which splits to show seeds with thick, fleshy coats. The coolness or drier soils of winter results in the common dormancy of the plant.

Dancing ladies gingers spread slowly to form loose clumps. Propagate by division of the clumps or by seeds. The plants need rich, organic, moist soil with good drainage. Partial shade to full shade is best for the tender leaves and flowers. This ginger is frost tender and should be grown in the landscape only in the warmest regions; they make great container specimens for conservatories and indoor tropical gardens. Warm night temperatures are required to induce flowering. Gingers are heavy feeders and respond well to slow-release products or very light, frequent applications of a liquid product. Use dancing lady ginger as a groundcover or accent plant in shady, tropical gardens and for the flirty, long-lasting cut flowers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    24"-36" / 61.0cm - 91.4cm

  • Width

    12"-36" / 30.5cm - 91.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall, Early Winter

  • Native To

    Southeastern Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Magenta, Fuchsia, Rose

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes