Black Ginger, Midnight Ginger

Zingiber malaysianum

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Zingiber (zing-ee-ber) (Info)
Species: malaysianum (ma-la-see-AY-num) (Info)


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

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Water Requirements:

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

Where to Grow:

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24-36 in. (60-90 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:

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Grown for foliage


Other details:

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Seed Collecting:

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

Big Pine Key, Florida

Boca Raton, Florida

Lake Worth, Florida

Miami, Florida

Ocala, Florida

Agana Heights, Guam

St John, Mississippi

Mount Laurel, New Jersey

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Plano, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 24, 2007, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Black ginger's (Zingiber malaysianum) shiny leaves are a deep, almost black, purple-bronze. "Midnight" is like a common name. It is not a cultivar name although it has been used as such. It is a rhizomatous perennial native endemic to the southern State of Johor, Malaysia. Zingiber malaysianum was formally described only in 2002. The inflorescence arises on short stems a short distance from the stems from the rhizomes. The bracts are sulfur yellow and turn a bubblegum pink as they age. The cream colored true flowers appear from between the bracts. Zingiber malaysianum does not have a natural winter dormancy; thus, it is evergreen. This makes it more vulnerable to cold weather and it must be protected in the winter except in frost-free climates. Some state that it will grow well in Z... read more