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Colourful and Crazy Ginger Plants

Updated on December 22, 2014

The Ginger Plant

The Ginger Plant with its wonderful flowers makes for an interesting colourful addition to any garden.

Grown in sub tropical conditions, not in full sun, this plant will give you a great variety of very unusual colourful clusters of flowers, ranging from deep red, bright orange, pale yellow to even a white.

The Ginger Plant is a hardy perennial which is easy to propagate as it sends shoots underground in the form of rhizomes. These new ginger shoots sprout up from the ground to form new ginger plants.

This is where ginger, a spice used in cooking and in Chinese and natural medicine is formed.

The Ginger Plant has a long history having originated in Asia and grown throughout India, South Eastern Asia, West Africa and The Caribbean.

Grown in the right position this plant will give your garden an easy tropical feel with a wide range of weird and wonderful colourful flowers..

The Ginger Plant
The Ginger Plant

Uses and Health Benefits of The Ginger Plant

The Ginger root or tuber as it is known has been used in cooking and medicine for centuries especially in the eastern countries such as India, China and Japan.

Finely chopped or ground ginger is added to many dishes for its flavour, health benefits and in the past for its preservative effects.

Ginger powder is often used and added to cake mixtures, breads and biscuits.

Ginger ale and beer are also made from the finely ground powder.

Well know for its therapeutic powers ginger has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine and is still used today for treating and aiding many health conditions.

Ginger has many uses, treating and relieving arthritic pain, nausea, menstrual problems and is well known for its soothing effect on people suffering motion sickness, morning sickness or who are suffering from the symptoms of treatments such as chemotherapy.

Ginger tea is often used to relieve the symptoms of these ailments.

The oil from the ginger root is used in aromatherapy making a lovely mix with lemon grass or lime.

Where It All Starts
Where It All Starts

Ginger Tubers

Ginger Tubers
Ginger Tubers
Ginger Rhizomes
Ginger Rhizomes

Ginger Plants In Your Garden

There are many ways you can start growing ginger in your garden.

You can start from scratch and use rhizomes with roots taken from a well established ginger plant or you can pot up some ginger bought from the market or shops and wait for them to become strong plants before potting them out into your garden or into bigger pots of your liking.

An easier way is the buy two or three plants that are already flowering that way you will know the colour of the flower of your plant so to suit the colour scheme of your garden. Later from these initial plants you can take roots to propagate another ginger plant.

Ginger plants like a cool, sheltered position protected from strong winds and ideally a humid climate but they do grow well in cool climates as well.

Soil needs to be rich and well drained as they do not like to get their feet wet in soggy soil.

Once established they can make a wonderful addition to your garden giving it a soft tropical feel with some weird and wonderfully shaped colourful flower.

Graceful Ginger Flower
Graceful Ginger Flower

Planting Ginger in Containers

Beautiful Orange ginger Flowers
Beautiful Orange ginger Flowers

Any Ginger Plants in your garden?

Do You have Ginger Plants Growing in Your Garden?

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Blue Ginger
Blue Ginger

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Just seeing the photos of the ginger plant looks crazy. I do love the ginger spice.

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      Julia M S Pearce 2 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Thanks for all the great comments folks.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      We call the ones we have "Ginger Lillys" and I love to cut them and bring them in the house. They smell so good. This is a beautiful page and very informative. Thanks.

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      Deb Kingsbury 4 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      You know, I've eaten ginger so much -- especially the marinated kind you get with sushi -- but never really thought about what the plant it comes from looks like. Pretty!

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      Susanna Duffy 4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Dropped by to revisit this page on Ginger after finishing a cup of ginger tea

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      oztoo lm 4 years ago

      I've always wanted some ginger plants. They look so tropical and unique with all the many varieties available.

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      This lens has been very helpful. I love ginger! Very much enjoyed the videos. Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      Rosetta Slone 4 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      Oops...which actually smells of mango, obviously :)

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      Rosetta Slone 4 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      We have lots of ginger and turmeric in our garden. My favourite variety is mango ginger, which actually smells like ginger!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I never even thought about planting these. What a great idea.

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      lilblackdress lm 4 years ago

      Wow I never knew how pretty ginger plants were!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was always told that ginger was hard to grow so never tried again after my first attempt died.

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      Helene-Malmsio 4 years ago

      I love using fresh ginger for cooking and for my ginger beer, so I have tried planting some bulbs from fresh ginger, but not having much luck from them so far... maybe too sunny & hot a position.

      May have to go buy a few mature plants to get a faster crop to use - lol!

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      Joy Neasley 4 years ago from Nashville, TN

      One of the first things I noticed when I moved to China is that almost every meal is cooked with ginger. It took a while for me to get accustomed to the taste. But now it is growing on me.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I use my garlic press to crush fresh ginger to put in my tea, yogurt, hot cocoa, oatmeal and fresh juices. It has a peppery bite but is so good and refreshing. I've never seen a ginger plant before this lens so thanks for the great education about ginger!!!!

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      shineall 4 years ago

      I like ginger very much.

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      scss 4 years ago

      Now that I'm making Susanna's 24 hour ginger beer every week, I need to learn how to grow my own supply of organic ginger tubers... wish me luck!

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 5 years ago

      Fiery and pungent you are, O Ginger

      Yet the digestive system, you do not injure

      Health benefits aplenty are packed in your roots

      Beautiful to look at are your flowers and fruits.

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      Dianne Loomos 5 years ago

      Ginger blossoms are so spectacular!

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      ulla_hennig 5 years ago

      Beautiful photos!

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      TheSummerStore 5 years ago

      These plants are so beautiful! I had no idea ginger has so many variations.

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      Guided Abundance 5 years ago from Mobile, AL

      This is surprising. I never knew what a ginger plant looked like. Such beauty.

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      Very cool! This page is super aesthetically pleasing also. (taking mental notes)

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      JohnMichael2 5 years ago

      thank you for sharing - found this interestng

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      SaintFrantic 5 years ago

      They look so beautiful.Great Lens.Thanks

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      Mary Beth Granger 5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Very interesting.

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      Very pretty. What kind of soil do they like? Would they grow in Colorado where it is cold and dry? I cut them thin and boil in water to make ginger tea when I have a cold. Enjoyed your lens.

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      ananimoss2 5 years ago

      I absolutely enjoyed your lens. I love ginger and enjoyed beautiful pictures of ginger plants. Who knew!

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      Julia M S Pearce 5 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      @SheilaSchnauzies: How exciting!

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      A few months ago I needed fresh ginger for something. I'm the type of person who will try to grow anything I buy at the produce section! So after chopping off the bit I needed, I sat the rest in an open dry container to await planting later. Well, it got stuck behind something... long story short, I was delighted the other day to see a 1" tall green shoot coming from one of the nodes of the root! I carefully cut it off and planted it in a tiny soil pot, and it is in my "plant ICU" where I can keep an eye on it. How exciting! Maybe someday it will grow up and have flowers and it will be exciting to see what kind! Thanks for the cool lens.

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      pangaloon 5 years ago

      Who would have known they would be so colourful?. I have learn something new today- thank you!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Unfortunately, I live in a hot dry climate with winds in the early evening. Our region is great for growing wine grapes. Humidity is very low most of the time. Doesn't appear I'd have much luck with growing ginger, but I'd like to. Thanks for a beautiful lens.

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      seashell2 5 years ago

      These are really cool plants! I was able to capture some great shots of 'ginger plants' at a botanical garden when I was on a holiday in Hawaii!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fascinating! I had never thought of what a ginger plant looks like and they are beautiful, the flowers are so stunning and exotic. You'll have all of us picking up some ginger,

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      Ilona E 6 years ago from Ohio

      they would only grow indoors for me- but what fascinating shapes they have! if I had a subtropical garden I would definitely include gingers.

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      happynutritionist 6 years ago

      We used Ginger capsules for motion sickness...one of my children had this when young, and it worked better than OTC meds. Great for nausea and other things as you've noted:-) Never thought about how pretty the flowers could be.

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      I didn't realise that the flowers were so fabulous. Now I really must try to grow me some!

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      AbsoluteJeanius1 6 years ago

      Gingers are such wonderful, fragrant plants! I loved having mine in my garden back home...

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      geniegkp lm 6 years ago

      The flowers are so beautiful........This is the first I saw so many variants....thank you .....Guru

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      The ginger blooms are certainly unusual and beautiful. I would like to try growing one. Your information is most helpful.

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      So beautiful! I had never seen these flowers before.

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      rlivermore 6 years ago

      Amazingly beautiful. I'd love to grow ginger, but am not sure it would grow in Colorado. I do love cooking with it.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      These are really awesome and pretty! I have never tried growing ginger before, but after seeing the flowers, I would really like to.

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      Penny Pincher G 6 years ago

      these are so beautiful. you have inspired me to grow ginger

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      Penny Pincher G 6 years ago

      these are so beautiful. you have inspired me to grow ginger

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      GrinningFool 6 years ago

      Very cool Lense, I never knew what the plant looked like. Just the root.

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      Gall Bladder Symptoms 6 years ago

      Thanks for such a great lens. Ginger is great...and good for you general health, as well as your gallbladder!

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      dannystaple 6 years ago

      I eat a lot of food flavoured with ginger, I love ginger beer, gingerbread and plenty of other uses - including having used it to relieve muscle pain. However, I had no idea that it's flowers were so beautiful or that it was such a hardy plant. Thanks - its always good to learn something new!

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      Julia M S Pearce 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      @Virginia Allain: Hi vallain or 'ginger', ha, all things ginger eh! why not. It's a great plant to have in your back yard. Thanks for dropping by!

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      My nickname is Ginger, so I planted a ginger plant in my yard and also collect ginger spice tins.

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      WaterMom 7 years ago

      BEAUTIFUL pics and nice text, also. Very much enjoyed this lens and I'll be looking for ginger plants to plant in MY garden. I live in Florida so I am assuming they would do well here. Thanks for sharing!

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      Julia M S Pearce 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      @LadyFlashman: Hi Lkw31, you could give it a go. They are very hardy plants and if you planted one in a sunny position in your garden I'm quite sure it will take off.

      Good luck with it and thanks for stopping by.

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      LadyFlashman 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      These plants are FANTASTIC!!! I really want one in my garden, but I live in the cold and rainy UK and have shady garden - would they still grow? The photos are beautiful too.

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