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Beehive Ginger, Nodding Gingerwort
Zingiber spectabile

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Zingiber (zing-ee-ber) (Info)
Species: spectabile (speck-TAB-ih-lee) (Info)

Category:

Herbs

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Deciduous

Herbaceous

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Trenton, Florida

Kurtistown, Hawaii

Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
2
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Jan 11, 2015, brachychiton from Bribie Island
Australia wrote:

This plant grows happily and flowers prolifically in subtropical and tropical Queensland, Australia. There are many variations which can add lots of interest to a garden. Some of the flowers last for at least 5 months in the subtropics and are great conversation pieces.

Neutral

On Oct 6, 2014, eliasastro from Athens
Greece (Zone 10a) wrote:

NOT REALLY FROST TOLERANT.
It is actually an EVERGREEN SPECIES and won't tolerate frost and prolonged cool temperatures.
Will RARELY flower outside the tropics.
Beware from a canadian eBay seller who sells cooking ginger roots for this beauty!!!

Neutral

On Mar 8, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This Malaysian native can reach 6 ft tall. Slender green pointed leaves to 1- 1 1/2 ft long . The 3 ft tall stems bear showy foot long inflorescence; The yellow aging to scarlet bracts overlap; the yellowish flowers have black tips. Makes a great cut flower.