Pine Cone Ginger….

Officially known as Zingiber zerumbet,Pine Cone Ginger is a mainstay in Florida gardens.Most of us have received ours as pass-a-longs.As did I.From my neighbor.
It is hardy from Zones 8-11,but has been known to be root hardy in 7B.
Late in August,the first stalks show up,with the cones that resemble pine cones…..IMG_1554

Later,the cones start to turn red….

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Until they become this…
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It is also known as “Shampoo Ginger” as it has been known to be used for shampoo.Hence it’s name Awapuhi.
Cut a cone open….

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and you will find a milky fluid.I’ve never tried it as shampoo,but I have rubbed the fluid on a cut,and it has healed much faster than usual.
In a floral arrangement,they are a long lasting Autumn mainstay.
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These were cut over 2 weeks ago.And are still looking beautiful!
Love,love,love  ‘em!

To learn more about Pine Cone Gingers,click here…..

 

 

2 responses to “Pine Cone Ginger….

  1. I love those pinecone ginger plants! The color is so nice and bright and I like the fact that it lasts so long in arrangements. Beautiful photos!

  2. What a wonderful bloom and interesting that it has healing properties as well.

    Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

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