Gingers are a diverse and beautiful group of plants frequently used in Florida landscapes. Perennials that reproduce through underground stems, ornamental gingers do best in rich, moist soil.
They're typically low-maintenance plants with attractive foliage and long-lasting, colorful blooms that make great cut flowers. Gingers do well in sun or shade.
There's a ginger to fit any part of your landscape. Peacock gingers are often used as a groundcover. Hidden gingers can vary in size from small to quite large. And butterfly gingers are often tall, filling the air with their intoxicating scent.
In North and Central Florida, many gingers will go dormant in the winter, but will return with the warm weather.
- Alpinia zerumbet 'Variegata' Variegated Shellflower
- Costus speciosus 'Variegatus' Variegated Crepe Ginger
- Gingers: Attractive Foliage and Stunning Flowers for a Shady Miami Garden (PDF)
- Hedychium coronarium Butterfly Ginger
- Hedychium x 'Shureil' Shurei Ginger
- Zingiber zerumber Pine Cone Lily, Pine Cone Ginger
Also on Gardening in a Minute
- Alpinia zerumbet, Variegated Shell Ginger--Floridata.com
- Costus speciosus, Crepe Ginger--Floridata.com
- Cultural Studies in Ornamental Ginger--Purdue University Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
- Curcuma: Hidden Cone Gingers for the Temperate Garden--Plant Delights (NC)
- Globba winitii, Dancing Ladies Ginger--Floridata.com
- Hedychium coronarium, Ginger Lily--Floridata.com
- Kaempferia laotica, Peacock Ginger--Floridata.com
- Ornamental Ginger, Red and Pink--University of Hawai‘i at Manoa's College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (PDF)
- Splendid Ginger--University of Arkansa Cooperative Extension Service
- Wild Ginger--University of Vermont Extension
- Zingiber zerumbet, Pinecone Ginger--Floridata.com