Globba Species, Dancing Girl Ginger, Golden Dancing Ladies

Globba schomburgkii

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Globba (GLAH-buh) (Info)
Species: schomburgkii (shom-BERG-kee-eye) (Info)
Synonym:Globba bulbifera


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

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

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade



Foliage Color:

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


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)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

Seed Collecting:

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


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

Brooksville, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Homestead, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Lutz, Florida

Melbourne, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Trenton, Florida

Wellborn, Florida

Winter Garden, Florida

Thomasville, Georgia

Amite, Louisiana

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Galliano, Louisiana

Gonzales, Louisiana

Greenwell Springs, Louisiana

Kenner, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Youngsville, Louisiana

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Okatie, South Carolina

New Braunfels, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 4, 2018, SunD from Winter Garden, FL wrote:

I've grown Globba over 30 years. I love it. It does drop aerial bulbils, which produce more plants. The young plants resemble wavy basket grass & are easy to remove. It has lovely yellow orange flowers & thrives in deep shade, where few other plants grow. In central FL it is dormant Nov. thru May. It is critical that globbas have well drained soil, especially when dormant. The bulbs are small & rot easily.


On Sep 9, 2006, Kamikid from Thomasville, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have this plant (hundreds of them) and it is very invasive. My yard man moved some plants and tilled up the ground and now I have gingers popping up all over the flower bed. They are easy to remove but still are a problem.


On Nov 13, 2001, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is a small shade plant that produces many bulbils (the white balls above the yellow flowers). These will eventually fall and sprout the next Spring. This plant thrives in at least 50% shade. When night temperatures fall below 65 degrees the plant goes dormant; at this time restrict watering to a maximum of once a week. This is the most common of the "Dancing Ladies" gingers