Zingiber officinale 'Edible Ginger'- The common edible ginger is grown for its spicy rhizomes used in cooking and medicines. Has thin stems and leaves. Blooms (small green inflorescence with white and maroon flowers) are rare. After blooming, green cone does not turn completely red. Grows 3 to 5 feet tall in medium to full sun. Edible rhizome is main attraction. This extremely versatile root is known for its popularity in Oriental and Indian cooking. The Chinese, Japanese, and East Indians use ginger root in many forms, including grated and ground. Grown in Jamaica, Brazil, India, Africa, China, and Thailand. Ginger root is a gnarled and knobby root that has a tan skin and a pale yellow-green to ivory flesh. Fresh ginger root imparts a pungent, hot and spicy taste to many dishes. Ginger root is also used in baking, confectionery and certain liquors.
Zingibers--Many species have large cones that release a thick juice when squeezed. Group includes edible ginger, shampoo ginger and beehive ginger. Most species are great foliage plants. Can grow in medium to full sun.
Gingers are the queen flowers of the plant world. They are the source of wonderous fragrances and possess exquisitely delicate foliage and flowers. The fragrance of some butterfly gingers will take your breath away.
Gingers enjoy a special position in the botanical kingdom with their elegance in form and texture, sparkling color and amazing symmetry. The word ginger conjures up images of an exotic oriental food flavoring. However edible ginger is only one of approximately 1,300 species of the very diverse Zingiberaceae family. Gingers are classed as a herbaceous perennial and have enjoyed popularity as an ornamental plant in Asia and the Far East for centuries. Only recently have they become known as outstanding ornamentals in the U.S.
Gingers as a group add outstanding exotic foliage and exotic flowers to the landscape. Gingers are wonderful plants for southern climates and protected northern climates. In both areas gingers are finding favor as interior landscape plants and most do very well in containers. Gingers are heavy feeders and drinkers during the growing season. Most do best in partial shade; however some thrive in full sun, others in full shade. So gingers provide plants for all light conditions. Many species enter dormancy in response to shorter days, cool temperatures, or dry conditions. Rhizomes (the underground stem) survive in a dormant condition beneath the soil surface during cold or dry conditions. Stokes Tropicals' Ginger Blend (8-4-6) is an excellent fertilizer source for these wonderful plants.