(Black Ginger, Midnight Ginger)
Hybrid ginger ‘Midnight’ displays glossy, deep chocolate-black foliage touched with subtle hints of purple and deep green. The elongated leaves are held alternately on short, fleshy, light green stems, and are fragrant if crushed. In the heat of summer, large, cone-like bracts rise from the base of the plant. The bracts are yellow blushed with pink, and bear small, cream-colored flowers.
Grow this tropical beauty in full to part sun and moist, fertile, well-drained, acid to neutral soil. ...
Forest & Kim Starr
True ginger is an ancient garden spice surrounded by lore and revered for its medicinal and culinary qualities. Its tan, fleshy, knobby rhizomes (underground stems) have that distinctive spicy, gingery flavor used to flavor everything from stir fry to cookies. The plant is a spreading, deciduous tender perennial native to tropical Asia.
The upright, stiff stems of ginger emerge from the soil when the spring rains begin. Its narrow, lance-shaped leaves are lush, green and glossy and release a...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Beehive Ginger, Pinecone Ginger, Showy Ginger)
Creating one of the tropical world's most unusual flowers, showy ginger produces a beehive-looking cylindrical bract that displays small purple and white flowers during the warm months. This tender herbaceous perennial grows from a rhizome (an underground stem) and typically goes dormant when cool winter temperatures or seasonal drought develops. It is native to the streamsides and moist lowlands of Malaysia and southern Thailand.
With the return of warmth and rains in springtime, the tall stiff...
With fragrant leaves and rhizomes (underground stems), broad-leaved ginger is most interesting in the depths of summer when pine cone-like bracts house small pale yellow flowers. A seasonally dormant tender perennial from southern India and Sri Lanka, it is also called wild ginger or bitter ginger, alluding to the lower quality culinary use of its rhizomes.
Rather short in stature, this clump forming plant has stiff stems that emerge from the soil once warmth and moisture returns in spring. Individual...