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…..
Later,the cones start to turn red….
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….
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.
These were cut over 2 weeks ago.And are still looking beautiful!
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