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Zingiber spectabile

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

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

13 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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


Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


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:

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

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

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 berrygirl 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.


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

Trenton, Florida
Kurtistown, Hawaii

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