The Story of a Bloom

Ginger leaf

Pod with buds emerging

Pearl-like buds

Buds with flowers coming out

The flower’s red throat

The entire plant


This Variegated Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet) usually just has beautiful leaves.  Occasionally in the spring it will bloom.   It starts with a pod spitting out the flower buds.  Once they emerge, the buds look like shiny pearls.  The pearls then spit out a flower complete with a flaming red pathway to lead in a pollinator.

One Comment on “The Story of a Bloom”

  1. Gorgeous photos and blooms.

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