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PlantFiles: Myoga Ginger, Edible Ginger, Variegated Japanese Ginger
Zingiber mioga 'Dancing Crane'

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Zingiber (zing-ee-ber) (Info)
Species: mioga
Cultivar: Dancing Crane

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

32 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

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

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

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

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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8 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sladeofsky On Jan 23, 2015, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Hardy to zone 6.

Positive fantasticjourney On Apr 9, 2013, fantasticjourney from San Diego, CA wrote:

I got a 2 gallon myoga ginger from Cedros Gardens, in Solana Beach (San Diego) California for $9.99.

Neutral nifty413 On Apr 7, 2012, nifty413 from Garland, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

My understanding of this particular cultivar ('Dancing Crane' synonymous with 'Nakafu') is that it originated in Japan from Gotemba nursery. The leaves should have brightly contrasting CENTRAL white variegation, as opposed to variegation appearing mainly near their edges. I only see a couple of photos presently in this PlantFiles entry which appear to be consistent with the aforementioned description.

I have recently planted this cultivar, and hope to be able to upload photos in the near future.

Edited to add: This is merely conjecture, but as I try to better comprehend the Japanese language, it would seem logical that the cultivar name might have originally been 'Shiro Nakafu' which I think would translate to "white-center(ed)."

Positive ZowieK On Nov 2, 2010, ZowieK from Kennedy, NY wrote:

I really want to plant some Myoga in my backyard!
I used to have it in my backyard when i was growing up in Japan. (Saitama Pref.)
No luck finding seller.
Anybody know where I can buy roots in the USA?
I just love it sliced in my Miso-soup!
O, Myoga is great as Tempura too!!
Thank you!

Positive Olroy On Aug 1, 2010, Olroy from Barbourville, KY wrote:

Live on a farm in SE Ky ( Hillbilly). recieved some plants from Japanese friend ( I spent 11 yrs in Japan during my 21 years in Navy). Planted them here and about on the farm. Grew best planted on the North side of structure, easy to grow, I just throw some manure or left over fertilizer on them in the fall, Crop gets bigger every year, you will need to pull the weeds out of them in late spring, and pick them about 1st Aug. this location. Does anyone know how to store them. They just last a couple of weeks for me.Olroy

Positive tommytightloop On May 13, 2008, tommytightloop from East Hampton, NY wrote:

While the the immature flower buds have been used extensively for years in Japanese cuisine, it is important to remember that the rhizomes and mature plant leaves are actually quite toxic and incomplete research indicates potential carcinogenic and anti-carcinogenic properties, therefore, use for food should be undertaken after consulting an experienced user.

Positive baroque On Jun 26, 2007, baroque from South Dayton, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant thrives in my yard in a half sunny spot (Zone 6a). It produces a delicious edible flower bud that is a delicacy in Japanese cuisine.

Positive dorianred On Sep 3, 2006, dorianred from Sherman Oaks, CA wrote:

The Japanese people plant Myoga Ginger primarily for its tasty plump buds emerging to the ground close to the stems during the summer through early fall. Ideally, they should be harvested before they bloom. Young shoots are also edible. Myoga is very easy to grow here in Southern California. May become invasive. Slugs and snails leave them alone.

Positive GardenGuyKin On Feb 5, 2005, GardenGuyKin from Portland, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

Wonderful Hardy Japanese ginger. Very unique foliage plant with white centered leaves. Grows about 16" tall in my garden with only part sun. This ginger requires frequent watering during hot summer months. Best if placed in garden with some shelter, strong winds can topple and break stalks.

Neutral Michaelp On Nov 8, 2003, Michaelp from Glendale, UT (Zone 5a) wrote:

this is a beautiful plant--but I have had a hard time growing it--edible,flowers and new shoots--light yellow flowers,eaten in tempura--new shoots used as a garnish--supposed to be a verry hardy species,even grown in parts of Canada--[it could be that my Florida swamp with it's either too wet or totally dry sugar sand and man-eating bugs,and no top soil is a chalange for it]---


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

Smiths, Alabama
Sherman Oaks, California
Tulare, California
Beverly Hills, Florida
Deltona, Florida
Englewood, Florida
Duluth, Georgia
Bloomington, Indiana
Barbourville, Kentucky
Sulphur, Louisiana
Silver Spring, Maryland
East Hampton, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Springboro, Ohio
Salem, Oregon
East Providence, Rhode Island
Beaufort, South Carolina
Kenmore, Washington
Sammamish, Washington

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