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Updated: 06/18/2014 12:24:09AM

Gingers add tropical ambiance

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Red ginger, Alpinia purpurata has a terminal cluster of red bracts with tiny white flowers that may be either upright or drooping.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY BONNIE SIMMONS

Hidden ginger produces a cone-shaped growth with many small yellow flowers, and then one striking lavender bloom emerges. It’s one of the many gingers that are easy to grow in our area. In fact, some are so easy they may become a bit of a problem as they multiply by underground stems called rhizomes.

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Shell flower (Alpinia zerumbet) forms bold clumps of leaves, shell-like flowers are on separate stalks in drooping clusters. Flowers are whiteish yellow tinged with pink. It also comes in a variegated leaf form.

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Hedycium coronarium or butterfly ginger, has delicate white flowers. A single stalk will perfume an entire room.

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Pink Ginger’s striking blooms show up well in front of the bright green leaves.

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Many gingers including shell ginger come in a striking variegated leaf form provides color contrast even when not in bloom.

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Reader Bonnie Simmons sent in a photo of an unusual striking lavender bloom, asking what is it?

It’s one of the many gingers that are easy to grow in our area. In fact, some are so easy they may become a bit of a problem as they multiply by underground stems called rhizomes. Hidden ginger produces a cone shaped growth with many small yellow flowers, and then one striking lavender bloom emerges.

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