Rob's plants
home garden plants wildlife seed photos
plant sale journal topics plantlinks fun guestbook

Zingiber zerumbet

Zingiber zerumbet
red pinecone ginger; shampoo ginger
Zingiber zerumbet
The 'cone' gets longer as it matures

Common name red pinecone ginger; shampoo ginger
Family zingiberaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z8-10)
Flowers yellow
Size 4-7'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes moist organic soil

Clumping rhizomatous plant native to Southeast Asia with upright-growing narrow deep green leaves. In summer, flower spikes emerge, topped by bract structures resembling pine cones. We planted ours in September, and saw only foliage the following year – finally, in July of its third year in our garden, it produced its interesting inflorescence. The cone starts out as a tight green egg-shaped structure, and soon starts producing solitary creamy-white flowers peeking out from alternating locations among its scales. Over the weeks, it elongates, and then starts turning progressively rosier in color. By this time, the cone is no longer tight: a light touch reveals that it's mostly hollow inside, and also releases an ooze of fragrant liquid.

red pinecone ginger; shampoo ginger
Turning rosy-red by early September
Zingiber zerumbet
A year after planting – lots of foliage, but no flowers yet
red pinecone ginger; shampoo ginger
New growth, mid-April
Zingiber zerumbet
Developing robustly by late May
red pinecone ginger; shampoo ginger
Pushing up new shoots, late March

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: foundation border

About my plant portraits
PlantLinks to other web pages about Zingiber zerumbet

I welcome comments about my web pages; feel free to use the form below to leave feedback about this particular page. For the benefit of other visitors to these pages, I will list any relevant comments you leave, and if appropriate, I will update my page to correct mis-information. Faced with an ever-increasing onslaught of spam, I'm forced to discard any comments including html markups. Please submit your comment as plain text. If you have a comment about the website as a whole, please leave it in my guestbook. If you have a question that needs a personal response, please e-mail me.

Your name

Your comments