Alpinia sericea – Native ginger

Native ginger is a rainforest clumping perennial, with large, shiny leaves, long spikes of fragrant white flowers and round blue fruit. Flowering can occur most of the year in warm areas. The fruit, roots and leaves are edible, and have a tangy ginger taste. An easy care, low maintenance plant which performs best in part shade and with adequate water. It grows from underground rhizomes, and if the foliage becomes untidy or burnt by frost, they can be cut back hard to reshoot. The flowers and foliage can be used for flower arrangements.

Family : Zingiberaceae
Cultivar Name:
Plant Type : Bulb or bulb-like
Width : 3
Flowering Time : All year
Soil Type : Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Climate Zone : Sub-tropical, Warm temperate
Growth Habit : Evergreen, Spreading
Soil Moisture : Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Special Uses : Edible, Decorative fruit, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Scientific Name: Alpinia sericea
Common Name : Native Ginger
Height : 3
Flower Color : Cream
pH Level : Neutral
Plant Environment : Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Flower garden
Light : Sunny, Light shade, Half shade, Heavy shade
Lifespan : Perennial
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates light frost, Not frost tolerant
Attracts Wildlife : Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects