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PlantFiles: Shampoo Ginger, Pinecone Ginger, Pinecone Lily, Pine Cone Ginger, Pine Cone Lily
Zingiber zerumbet

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Zingiber (zing-ee-ber) (Info)
Species: zerumbet (ZER-um-bet) (Info)

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
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:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

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:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive juliefrdmn On Jul 5, 2014, juliefrdmn from Golden Beach, FL wrote:

My Shampoo Ginger comes out of the ground every April and by July I have beautiful red flower cones. It disappears again each winter. It requires almost no maintenance and does not have any problems with insects or pests. I grow it in partial shade. It gives your garden a very tropical feel. By Gregg L. Friedman MD

Positive TCTerrariums On May 14, 2014, TCTerrariums from Port Orange, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Grows very well under the heavy shade of my large sweet gum trees. Very low maintenance. Spreads rapidly but it's not particularly aggressive.

Makes an impressive display in late summer when the cones come up. The cones are excellent for flower arrangements. The plant does go dormant during winter and dies back to the ground but will come back again in the spring. The rhizomes are large and easy to find at this time if you wish to dig some up and replant a few elsewhere.

Positive tchb On Dec 18, 2010, tchb from Zephyrhills, FL wrote:

Super duper easy to grow. And once established from one corm that looks and tastes just like the ones in the stores, it will spread. Any part of a corm with roots will start a new plant. Great in oak hammocks and rough areas that defy mowing or get bush whacked just once a year.

Here in central Florida the new leaves erupt in late April and reach full height by June. The "pinecones" emerge as green nubs in July and grow to size by September. As they start to turn red, small, yellow blooms appear. A gentle squeeze on a cone will coat your hand with a delightfully scented ginger aroma that evaporates cleanly and leaves no after scent. The plant dies off to the ground in December allowing you to mow, rake, and plant winter flowers in their place.

Positive smurfwv On Oct 29, 2010, smurfwv from Cabin Creek, WV (Zone 6a) wrote:

I just recently bought this plant, the roots must be babies as they are as big as my little finger, can someone tell me when shampoo ginger will bloom? I have the butterfly ginger and it bloomed the 2nd year from a baby rhizome.

Positive forgottenfl On Sep 4, 2010, forgottenfl from Crawfordville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant is an absolute dream. We live in a hardwood hammock environment and it weathers everything! It is planted in various areas to include foundation (receiving wettings from the roof) and also out on the property. It does well whereever I plant it and I love it. I'll have to try it out as shampoo, I knew of "shampoo ginger" but I didn't think "mine" was one in the same. I can def. see that now because when I gather the remains of the red pinecones in late fall/early winter the blooms seem sudsy.

Positive PammiePi On Jun 17, 2010, PammiePi from Green Cove Springs, FL wrote:

One of my favorite gingers, I grow it with other gingers near the spring in my backyard where they get filtered sunlight. Because the ground is moist, it does great. Also had success growing it in drier parts of the yard, but like many gingers, it does well with moist feet. The 'Pinecones' it produces can be squeezed to produce a liquid which makes great hand lotion.

Positive gerrydave On Nov 12, 2009, gerrydave from Semmes, AL wrote:

my pinecone ginger is in full shade and requires absolutely no care. the plants double each year,so be careful where you plant it. It is a very pretty plant.The cone looks solid, but when you squeeze it, it is very soft and the "shampoo" oozes out of it.Lots of luck with yours

Positive fordford On Jul 29, 2006, fordford from Mount Pleasant, SC wrote:

I have this plant in my back yard. It gets some shade but lots of sun. I transplanted it from my parents in Florida and it took it about 2 years to establish and bloom. Last year I had 2 blooms this year 8 or 9 so far.

Positive Kameha On Apr 25, 2005, Kameha from Kissimmee, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Mine are planted along the house in part sun. I think the more shade the better they prefer. I pretty much neglect them and they grow beautifully. They can tolerate flooding and mine bloomed last fall. I never knew they could be used as a shampoo alternative but I'll be sure to try that when they bloom again! Thanks!

Positive foodiesleuth On Jul 21, 2004, foodiesleuth from Honomu, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

We have had a lot of success with this plant. The only thing is....plant it away from other things and where you don't mind it taking over as it will spread to a much larger patch than anticipated.

The locals taught us how to use it as an alternate shampoo cleanser. Cut the bulb part or bloom head off and sort of squish it on your head as you lather up. Leaves your hair clean, shinny and silky looking.


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

Anniston, Alabama
Midland City, Alabama
Mobile, Alabama (2 reports)
Newport Beach, California
Apopka, Florida
Bartow, Florida (2 reports)
Bonita Springs, Florida
Bradenton, Florida
Brooksville, Florida (2 reports)
Crawfordville, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida (2 reports)
Deland, Florida
Dunnellon, Florida
Floral City, Florida
Green Cove Springs, Florida
Hampton, Florida
Havana, Florida
Homosassa, Florida
Hudson, Florida
Inverness, Florida (3 reports)
Jacksonville, Florida (4 reports)
Jupiter, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida
Lake Panasoffkee, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Leesburg, Florida
Lithia, Florida
Longwood, Florida
Lutz, Florida (2 reports)
Macclenny, Florida
Melbourne, Florida
Milton, Florida
Niceville, Florida
North Miami Beach, Florida
North Port, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Orlando, Florida (2 reports)
Ormond Beach, Florida
Oxford, Florida
Pensacola, Florida (4 reports)
Plant City, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
Rockledge, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Sanford, Florida
Sarasota, Florida (3 reports)
Satellite Beach, Florida
Sebring, Florida
Tallahassee, Florida
Tampa, Florida (2 reports)
Trenton, Florida
Winter Haven, Florida
Winter Park, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida (3 reports)
Albany, Georgia
Dallas, Georgia
Leesburg, Georgia
Thomasville, Georgia
Honomu, Hawaii
Coushatta, Louisiana
Covington, Louisiana
Denham Springs, Louisiana
Gonzales, Louisiana
Marrero, Louisiana
Slidell, Louisiana
Thibodaux, Louisiana
Madison, Mississippi
Saucier, Mississippi
St John, Mississippi
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Vieques, Puerto Rico
Beaufort, South Carolina
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Baytown, Texas
Dayton, Texas
Desoto, Texas
Friendswood, Texas
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Richmond, Texas
San Marcos, Texas

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