Gingers

Genera Include
Alpinia
Boesenbergia
Burbidgea
Costus
Curcuma
Dimerocostus
Etlingera
Globba
Hedychium
Kaempferia
Monocostus
Riedelia
Siphonoclilus
Tapeinochilus
Zingiber

zingiber_spectabile_beehiveZingiber spectabile  (Beehive Ginger)

Most members of the ginger family prefer to be planted in a semi-shaded situation. They are heavy feeders and like plenty of water during the growing season. Some species become dormant during the winter months and they should be well mulched to ensure the rhizomes are kept warm.

There are over 1300 known species of gingers, most occuring in the old world tropics of South East Asia, extending into the Australia Pacific region. Some species also occur in Tropical Africa and the Americas.

 etlingera_elatiorEtlingera elatior (Red Torch Ginger)

The fleshy swollen roots of many species including the common edible ginger (Zingiber officinale) are used as food or as food flavouring in many parts of the world