Shell Ginger, Shell Flower
These tropical beauties grow from rhizomes that produce leafy clumps. Plants are evergreen in Zones 22–24, H1, and H2; roots are hardy to about 15°F (–9°C). The tops die back in prolonged cool winter weather, but new shoots appear in spring. Ginger lilies need good soil and protection from wind. They must be established for at least 2 years before they will bloom. Each year, remove canes that have flowered.
From tropical Asia and Polynesia comes the grandest of gingers (to 8–9 ft. tall and 3–4 ft. wide) and the one with the best year-round appearance. The dark green leaves are shiny, 2 ft. long and 5 in. wide, with distinct parallel veins; leafstalks are maroon at maturity. Waxy white or pinkish, shell-like, fragrant flowers marked red, purple, or brown hang in clusters from arching stems in late summer. The leaves of ‘Variegata’ are heavily striped or banded with yellow.
From tropical Asia and Polynesia comes the grandest of gingers (to 8–9 ft. tall and 3–4 ft...
Leaves arch gracefully, drooping at the tips; they grow to 4–5 ft. long and 2 1/2–3 in. wi...
Like rex begonias, these grow from a rhizome. Although some have handsome flowers, they are grown prim...