Zingiber is a genus in the Zingiberaceae family found in southern & eastern Asia. Most of the genus is tropical & sensitive to frost, though a few species are root hardy to at least zone 8. Species bloom terminally on older stems or basally on stalked inflorescences which emerge directly from the fleshy rhizomes. These cone-shaped inflorescences can be quite colorful and are the source of the common name of pine cone gingers. Most species have highly aromatic foliage and rhizomes which emerge from pseudostems which can be anywhere between 1.5 to 15' tall. Zingiber officinale is common edible ginger root.

Zingiber zerumbet 'Darceyi' is the variegated form of Zingiber zerumbet. This form is not only more colorful but thankfully somewhat less vigorous than the typical form. Photos by Alani Davis.

Zingiber zerumbet 'Darceyi', Alani DavisZingiber zerumbet 'Darceyi', Alani Davis

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