Indonesian Wax Ginger

Tapeinochilos ananassae

Family: Costaceae
Genus: Tapeinochilos
Species: ananassae

Category:

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Water Requirements:

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

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Foliage:

Shiny/Glossy

Foliage Color:

Light Green

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

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:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Red

Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are showy

Bloom Size:

4"-5"

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Miami Beach, Florida

Port Charlotte, Florida

Hana, Hawaii

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Dec 29, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Saw this growing in Hawaii. Large plants with bamboo-like stems and smooth, lance-shaped leaves, similar to standard ginger. The flowers arise directly from the ground on stems shorter than the leaves. The small yellow flowers are surrounded by very showy red bracts. It makes a very long-lasting cutflower. They require very high humidity to thrive.

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On Aug 22, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

The basal inflorescence is a gorgeous solid bright red, and the bracts are very stiff and waxy. Excellent as a tropical garden plant or as a cut flower. Blooms throughout the year.

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