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Globba winitii

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Globba (GLAH-buh) (Info)
Species: winitii (win-IT-ee-eye) (Info)

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
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:
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


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

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral sandnsea On Aug 10, 2013, sandnsea from Zephyrhills South, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I have my dancing ladies planted in semi shade with moist well draining soil.....When they bloom it changes colors from white to pink to fuschia with little yellow flowers that are considered the dancing ladies....She dies back come wintertime and reappears in the spring.

Positive NCZ On Nov 16, 2012, NCZ from Athens, GA wrote:

I have been growing Dancing Ladies since 2008 when a dear friend cut a blossom for me. I left it in water so long that it rooted (over a month). Since then I have rooted them every year. My clippings are about 8-10 inches tall.

In Athens, GA then plant needs to be brought in for the winter, so I have it in a pot, bring it in before the first freeze and return it to the terrace in early spring.

Positive koa On Jul 29, 2012, koa from Haiku, HI wrote:

I bought this plant in bloom at a local nursery and placed the pot under my monkeypod tree while I considered where to plant it. It sat there and bloomed for months. I watered it when I thought about it, but certainly not enough to keep it consistently moist. Its blooms never faltered. I finally decided on a location that would put it in shade half the day, though the soil there was on the dry side. It immediately died to the ground, even though I was watering it daily. I was heart broken! I've only seen it for sale that one time, so there's no running out to the nursery to replace it. I thought perhaps it would come back, so I watered its remains and hoped for the best--NOTHING. Well, it's best not to mourn lost plants too long here on Maui because the weeds are lying in wait en masse to take advantage of any empty space, so I planted a banana in its place and moved on with my life. The banana has been there about a year now, and I have just discovered my globba winitii is back and blooming from all around the base of the banana!!!!

Positive justmeLisa On Sep 7, 2001, justmeLisa from Brewers, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

This elegant ginger produces beautiful flowers, the flowers have purple bracts with a yellow flower. The flower makes an excellent cut flower that lasts for weeks.

This ginger also comes in white. "White Dragon" as pictured


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

Martinez, California
Bonita Springs, Florida
Chiefland, Florida
Inverness, Florida
Jupiter, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida
Athens, Georgia
Norcross, Georgia
Haiku, Hawaii
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Houston, Texas
Spring, Texas

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