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Gingers and Similar Plants

Tropical and subtropical plant family with ornamental leaves and flowers much admired throughout the world. Also listed are some members of the Commelinaceae family that resemble gingers.



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Alpinia formosana Pinstripe Alpinia formosana 'Pinstripe'
Code: 50182
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Pinstripe Ginger

This cultivar with white pinstripe leaves grows slowly to about 3 feet high. White, yellow and red flowers are showy on upright stalks. Usually only blooms in warmer climates or greenhoused. Needs shade, damp soil. Native to Taiwan. USDA zones 8 - 11. Zingiberaceae

 
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Cheilocostus speciosus Variegatus Cheilocostus speciosus 'Variegatus'
Code: 51019
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(Syn.: Costus speciosus 'Variegatus'), Variegated Crepe Ginger

Beautiful white and green striped leaves on sweeping 5 to 7 foot spiral stems. Red cones with white flowers. This species was moved from Costus to the new genus Cheilocostus recently. Costaceae

 
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Costus arabicus Variegatus Costus arabicus 'Variegatus'
Code: 51016
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(Misapplied: Costus amazonicus 'Variegatus')

Beautiful white and green striped foliage. White flowers sometimes emerge from cone-like clusters on mature stalks. Grows to 5 feet tall in cultivation. Give shade, rich soil, and moisture. Incorrectly sold in the nursery trade as Costus amazonicus 'Variegatus'. Costaceae

 
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Costus woodsonii Costus woodsonii
Code: 90187
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Dwarf Cone Ginger, Red Buttons, Dwarf French Kiss

This easy to grow dwarf ginger blooms with orange-yellow flowers protruding from 2 inch bright waxy red bracts. Flowers most of the year in warm climates. Upright canes are 3 to 4 feet with bright green glossy leaves on spiral stems. This popular south Florida border plant also makes a wonderful specimen or house plant. It has a wide tolerance for sun or part shade. Native to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica and Panama. USDA zones 10 - 11. Costaceae

 
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Dichorisandra penduliflora Dichorisandra penduliflora
Code: 69155
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(Syn.: Dichorisandra pendula), Weeping Blue Ginger, Blue Pendant Ginger

This blue ginger relative looks like a costus or ginger with its jointed stems with glossy leaves faintly banded silver and purplish-blue beneath. Blooms continually from summer to autumn with clusters of sky blue flowers that droop in a pendant fashion from each stem. Grows to 3 feet tall. It should be planted in a partially shaded, moist location. Use it to provide an exotic tropical look with its rare color. It is also well suited as a patio pot plant. USDA zones 10 - 11. Origin: Brazil. Commelinaceae

 
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Dichorisandra thyrsiflora Dichorisandra thyrsiflora
Code: 51400
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Blue Ginger

Terminal clusters of intense cobalt blue flowers. Upright habit, similar to some members of the ginger family, gives this famous tropical plant its common name. Foliage is silvery green, spirally arranged on 3 foot stems. 30F. Commelinaceae

 
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Hedychium gardnerianum Hedychium gardnerianum
Code: 51021
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Kahili Ginger

Large showy spires of fragrant yellow flowers with red stamens in summer. Native to India. 28F. Zingiberaceae

 
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Hedychium greenei Hedychium greenei
Code: 69080
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Fire Ginger

Terminal clusters of fiery red flowers, dark bronzy foliage. India. 28F. Zingiberaceae

 
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Tradescantia zanonia Tradescantia zanonia
Code: 71949
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(Syn.: Campelia zanonia), Mexican Flag

Erect, fleshy, bamboo-like stalks to 3 feet with leaves beautifully variegated in longitudinal stripes of white and green. Best in greenhouse, shade, moisture. Commelinaceae

 
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