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Native ginger

Native ginger

Alpinia caerulea

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Care Information

Common uses:

Tropical garden, Poolside planting, Container growing, and Suitable indoors

Expected Height Range:

1.5 m - 3 m

Spread Range:

2 m

Preferred positioning:

Partial sun to full shade

Flower Season/s:

Summer and Spring

Flower Colour/s:

Plant life cycle:

Perennial

Habitat:

Found naturally in NSW, growing north from around Gosford, extending up the coast and coastal hinterland, into Queensland, all the way to Cape York. Grows in rainforests and wet sclerophyll forests.

Leaf information:

Red variety is green with maroon/red-backed leaves

Preferred Soil:

Prefers deep well drained organic rich soil

A delicious edible perennial herb that benefits both pollinators and birds. A relative of the Ginger family, it has fragrant white flowers and blue berries. Young root tips, shoots and the fruits are all edible, and the tangy flesh around the seeds can encourage salivation.

It comes in both a red and green variety with the most notable difference being the reddish/purplish leaves of the red variety.

Care Considerations:

Can be pruned back and will regrow from rhizomes.
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