Tapeinochilos ananassae, Indonesian Wax Ginger, Giant Spiral Ginger

Tapeinochilos ananassae

Indonesian Wax Ginger, Giant Spiral Ginger
Family: Costaceae
Origin: Malaysia to Quinsland
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeRegular waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsFragrant plant

Indonesian Wax Ginger will reach 8 feet (2½ meters) tall with dark green soft leaves arranged spirally around bamboo-like stems. Leaves reach 15 inches (38 cm) in length by about 6 inches (15 cm) wide. It is an attractive plant but needs a lot of room to grow. In containers they need to be repotted often. The stately dark red, cone shape bract similar to an upside down pineapple is colossal and enhanced with vivid yellow flowers appearing within the basal bract.

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