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PlantFiles: Peacock Ginger
Kaempferia 'Grande'

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Kaempferia (kaymp-FER-ee-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Grande

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

9 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


Other details:
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dmj1218 On May 14, 2008, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Blooms and foliage not seen at the same time on this ginger--2" light purple blooms emerge first. Then followed by beautiful silver and green variegated foliage with burgundy undersides; about 40 days after blooms. Good for growing in zones 8b-10; height is 2' on foliage (much shorter, inches high on flowers); width 18". This ginger must have excellent drainage in the winter if grown in the ground, otherwise the rhizomes will rot.

I hold my breath on it every spring; but it is worth it.

Positive suncatcheracres On Jul 28, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

I belong to a Koi and Watergarden club, and every year we take a field trip to a specialty ginger nursery near Gainesville, Florida, as our members all agree gingers make decorative additions near ponds. Last year quite a few members really splurged on gingers, and all the gingers were planted in the ground late last summer, only to be confronted by the longest, wettest and coldest winter here in Northcentral Florida for the past 100 years. Of course every single ginger plant froze to the ground.

At every meeting this Spring members would anxiously ask each other if their gingers had emerged yet. Well, it took awhile, but most of the gingers did survive---they just emerged very late, and a lot of them have been blooming profusely here in mid Summer.

I remember when I lived in St. Petersburg, zone 9b, in the late 1980's, it was thought that we were on the edge of gingers' most northern zone. But now that I've moved up a whole zone to 8b, people here in 2003 think we are on the edge of ginger's most northern zone. So gardeners and plant professionals either underestimated gingers' cold hardiness in the first place, or the plants are aclimitizing over the years. So now the big question seems to be "How cold can you go?".

Positive justmeLisa On Jul 31, 2002, justmeLisa from Brewers, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is a wonderful ginger. In the spring flowers appear out of the bare ground, the foliage then appears. This is the largest flowering Kaempferia in the genuis. Majestic and upright the leaves have a maroon underside, the leaves are about a foot long.


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

Jacksonville, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Melbourne Beach, Florida
Old Town, Florida
Houston, Texas

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