Zingiber zerumbet (L.) Sm.

Wild Ginger

Leafy shoots to 2 m tall. Leaves lanceolate, to 6 cm wide the tips with a narrowed point, ligule entire. Flower cluster ovoid, about 6-7 cm long and wide on a stalk to about 40 cm long. Bracts green, becoming red. Flowers yellow. Lip white or yellow.


In SE Asia occasionally grown as a culinary plant but less popular than Z. officinale.

Source: Spencer, R. (2005). Zingiberaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Zingiber zerumbet 'Darceyi'

Leaves variegated yellow-green.

Zingiber zerumbet 'Variegata'

Leaves streaked with cream.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Zingiberales
family       Zingiberaceae
genus        Zingiber Boehm.