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Globba schomburgkii, Dancing Girl Ginger

Globba schomburgkii

Dancing Girl Ginger
Family: Zingiberaceae
Origin: South East Asia
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeShadeKeep soil moistYellow, orange flowersOrnamental foliagePlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Globba schomburgkii (Dancing Girl Ginger) is a small plant, growing 2 to 5 feet tall, which is native to South East Asia. It is an ornamental plant that is grown for its foliage, producing mid-green, lance-shaped leaves, with a heart-shaped base and slightly hairy underneath. Its flowers are yellow-orange and strikingly beautiful, and it will also attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

The Dancing Girl Ginger can be grown in USDA Zones 9-11, preferring locations with shade or semi-shade. When active, it should be provided with plenty of water; but when dormant in the winter, restrict its watering to once a week. It should be repotted and divided when the growth period begins. Propagation of the Ginger is done by either division in the spring or by seed.

Those who live in cold climates, who would like to grow the Gingers in pots will need to pay special care to the amount of water that it gets and to bring it indoors during the winter, or alternatively, to mulch heavily around it and insulate the roots with extra soil. Also, the pot should have plenty of drainage and be placed in a location with partial shade. If the pot is too small, it should be repotted when the growth period starts, making sure to water it abundantly during this period.

Overall, the Dancing Girl Ginger is a great addition to any garden, with its striking foliage, flowers, and ability to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. With proper care, it will thrive and reward your efforts with its beauty.

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