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Alpinia zerumbet - Shell Ginger

Alpinia zerumbet - Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet - Shell Ginger)

The common Shell Ginger blooms most of the year here in San Diego, CA. Photo taken at the Paradise Resort, San Diego, CA. on Feb. 28, 2013.

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is that related at all to the root ginger that we cook with ~ that has quite a different flower doesnt it?

7 Mar, 2013


Yes, it is in the Zingiberaceae (ginger) family.

7 Mar, 2013


can you cook with the root of this one?

8 Mar, 2013


I'm not sure. Aleyna in Porto Alegre, Brazil says the seeds can be ground and used in cooking. I used to have so many of this plant and it's variegated form along huge fences, when I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Turmeric, cardamon and the true cooking ginger grows outdoors all year here in San Diego. Turmeric is very tropical, cardamon and true ginger is slightly hardier. I have photos of all these posted on GoY. My former neighbor is suppose to give me some turmeric plants.

8 Mar, 2013


I shall look them up, thanks delonix

8 Mar, 2013


i put those names in the search box, plus the latin name for turmeric but i cant find them?

8 Mar, 2013


I'll find them. It's much more difficult to find my older pics since they removed the "look up" feature on my photos.

I found my photo of the cardamon plant; unfortunately, I can't find the other photos. :>(

Here's a photo, not mine, though of turmeric.

8 Mar, 2013


the leaves of the two are almost similar? it must have been fascinating discovering some roots, some seed pods, some leaves have uses. Im not sure i would have tried eating all of them to find out.

fascinating to learn about though ~ thanks delonix

8 Mar, 2013


Many of the leaves of gingers are very similar. There's so many genera and thousands of species.

9 Mar, 2013


"The common Shell Ginger" - it's a goddamn rarity over here Delonix!!!!!!

13 Mar, 2013


Sticki - here's a photo that I took at Oxfords botanic gardens of an opened flower.................

And the whole racamme...............

13 Mar, 2013


oh WOW ~ thanks meanie, love the colour in the first opened one but the second one is incredible! love it

13 Mar, 2013



I have dozens of this plant in full bloom on GoY. Sorry, I didn't post one for you to see in full bloom.

Thanks for doing that, Meanie!

Here's a couple more growing outside, not in a greenhouse. LOL! :>)

14 Mar, 2013



You're too funny! You know it's all relative! LOL! :>)

You can continue to be envious of all the exotic plants which grow outside here. LOL!

I think your Allamanda "Cherries Jubilee" seeds will be ripe soon. I'll let you know.

14 Mar, 2013


what an incredible group of plants they are ~ amazing!!

14 Mar, 2013


Yes, gingers are amazing flowering plants! Alpinia purpurata and it's pink variety is gorgeous!!! It doesn't grow in San Diego very well, as it's super tropical.

14 Mar, 2013

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