Autumn Gingers

X Maximun – Hedychium thyrsiforme

I was on vacation this summer when my gingers bloomed, missing the jewels of my garden. Thankfully, the gingers must have missed me too and put on some end of summer flowers. Above is the white Maximum Ginger that formed a pretty wreath of flowers around its cone.

Pink V- Hedychium hybrid

Pink V, which doesn’t look very pink to me, has bloomed in two of my beds.

Butterfly Ginger – Hedychium coronarium

White Butterfly Ginger, which smells divine, was the first ginger of my collection given to me by my mother-in-law.

Shampoo Ginger – Zingiber zerumber

Shampoo Ginger will turn dark red and it was actually used to wash hair. I haven’t tried it.

Yellow Dancing Lady – Globba Schomburgkii

The Yellow Dancing Lady was coming to the end of its blooming season, but I find the bulbils interesting. As the rabbits have disappeared from my yard, I have colonies of them coming up everywhere. Like most gingers, they need light shade in this zone and some did not pick the correct place to grow and got sunburned.

Spiral Ginger – Costus barbatus

The Spiral Ginger struggled for awhile, but has really grown and reproduced during the last few years. Even though I missed the big show of blooms, I am pleased that a few gingers bloomed late for my enjoyment.


15 Comments on “Autumn Gingers”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Spiral Ginger is my favorite.

  2. Angela says:

    All so lovely and interesting looking.

  3. Tina says:

    These are beautiful, glad they came back from February’s freeze with such style!

  4. Lucky you. I always envision raven haired Tahitian ladies washing their hair in tropical waterfalls with the Shampoo Ginger. The yellow Dancing Ladies look like my mystery ginger, that has still not flowered!

  5. tonytomeo says:

    Woodland Gnome of Forest Garden sent me my FIRST butterfly ginger, along with my FIRST beautyberry! I am so pleased with both, (particularly the beautyberry, since it is the wild sort that is native to Williamsburg in Virgina [rather than a garden variety], and because I have no direct access to it here). I am so pleased with the ginger because I had been wanting it for a long time, but never got around to procuring it. White is my favorite color. It is sort of embarrassing though, that I am in California, but got my first butterfly ginger from Virginia.

    • I will be looking forward to seeing your ginger bloom. Mine have done well and multiplied. I am not a professional and somehow planted them in just the right spot. We also have wild beautyberries here and I recently saw different ones in the Northeast, so they must have been the garden variety. Good luck!

      • tonytomeo says:

        Gingers are more popular in Southern California. Some of the tropical sorts do not perform as well here. White ginger should do well though. I just had not procured it because I had not gotten around to it yet. Now, it could end up being my favorite of the gingers here.

  6. shoreacres says:

    The variety of blooms is so nice. It never had occurred to me that ginger wasn’t just ‘ginger’ — but of course there are different species with different flowers. I’m so pleased yours came back for you. There’s been more recovery from that freeze than I would have expected.

  7. pbmgarden says:

    These are all so nice. Shampoo Ginger is intriguing–imagine it would be useful in a vase.

  8. I have always wanted a shampoo ginger (awaphui) but I will try turmeric (Curcuma longa ) next year as I gave seen a few around with beautiful foliage and nice flowers. Just plant the roots from the store like regular culinary ginger.


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