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Globba globulifera (Globe ginger, Ornamental ginger)

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Plant description

Globba globulifera, or globe ginger, is a herbaceous perennial tropical plant that bears beautiful rounded flower bracts. The flowers begin purple mauve, and fade to white, and make good cut flowers. It is a lovely foliage plant as well, with emerald green, lance shaped leaves. The leaves are ginger scented when brushed against. It is suitable as a garden specimen, mass plantings, in containers and as an indoor plant in brightly lit locations.

Globe ginger is suitable for warm climates, while happiest in tropical to sub tropical areas, it can also grow in temperate areas if given a warm spot. It may go dormant even in tropical areas, but will reshoot from the underground rhizomes. This dormancy lets the plant survive light frosts. It is moderately drought tolerant once established, but grows best with regular watering and fertilising.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: mauve, white
Flowering season: spring summer

Scent

The leaves have a light ginger scent when brushed against

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.6 metres
Minimum height: 0.3 metres

Maximum width: not specified
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Birds, insects.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist.

Pests

Red spider mite

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: All.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.

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