Plant ID forum: Ginger id

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Name: mj
Central Florida
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mjsponies
Apr 29, 2014 9:01 AM CST
I've had this ginger for a couple of years and it's never bloomed...I know....Bloom would be helpful with ID.

Last year I grew it where it go morning sun/ midday shade/ very very late afternoon sun.

I'm trying to figure out what it is so I can put it where it will be happy enough to bloom.

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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Apr 29, 2014 11:16 AM CST
Zingiber zerumbet?
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Name: mj
Central Florida
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mjsponies
Apr 29, 2014 11:22 AM CST
Maybe Anne, I have the plain green form, I'll compare the leaves as they are popping up now .
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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
Be a voice - not an echo!
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Xeramtheum
Apr 29, 2014 11:24 AM CST
When I saw the picture and was looking at how the leaves are appearing Zingiber popped up in my mind as it certainly wasn't hedychium, costus or curcuma.
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Name: Dave Paul
Puna, HI (Zone 10b)
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Metrosideros
Apr 29, 2014 3:02 PM CST
That is Zingiber zerumbet 'Darceyi', Variegated Shampoo Ginger.

http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/Zingiber

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/55531/

The ATP database needs a photo.

Variegated Pinecone Ginger (Zingiber zerumbet 'Darceyi')
Name: mj
Central Florida
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mjsponies
Apr 30, 2014 4:55 AM CST
Dave, Thanks !! I'll add this pic for now, then when it's bigger I'll add more. Hopefully I get blooms this year. I've got it where it get's morning sun, then high bright shade then a little late afternoon sun also. One reason I hadn't put it in the ground cause I wasn't sure of the id and wanted to get the needed growing conditions info.
I like that it's a smaller grower than it's solid color kin.
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Name: Dave Paul
Puna, HI (Zone 10b)
Live in a rainforest, get wet feet.
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Metrosideros
Apr 30, 2014 12:49 PM CST
Hi mj!

You're very welcome!

The season for Shampoo Ginger is just starting here. The wild Hawaiian 'Awapuhi does spread fairly quick in forest understory and is somewhat aggressive in a garden (although it is a pleasant amenity to massage into hair after showering).
I have a patch of the 'Darceyi' cultivar and it has pretty much stayed where I put it since 1997. It's easy to take care of and provides the conditioning gel just as well as the wild plant!

When the patch matures I'll get some photos and add them to the database as well.

Aloha, Dave

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