Zingiber spectabile, Beehive Ginger, Microfono

Zingiber spectabile

Beehive Ginger, Microfono
Family: Zingiberaceae
Origin: Malaya
USDA Zone: 10-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeShadeRegular waterYellow, orange flowersOrnamental foliageFragrant plant

Zingiber spectabile (Beehive Ginger) is a small plant typically found in the Malaya region, and is known for its ornamental foliage, fragrant yellow and orange flowers, and mature plant's hardiness in cold temperatures. The mounding plant can reach up to 2-5 ft in height and width and prefers a location with full sun to semi-shade exposure, and regular watering. In USDA Zone 10-11, the Beehive Ginger displays a lovely display of flowers from July through late November.

Grown in pots, this plant still needs plenty of water, and should be able to tolerate temperatures at least as low as 30s F for a short amount of time, if given sufficient protection from harsh wind and cold. Watering should be done consistently and preferably with plain water, so as to not damage the soil's pH levels. For added protection against chilly climates, top the soil with a layer of mulch to help hold in the moisture and add an extra layer of insulation. Be sure to fertilize the Beehive Ginger regularly to ensure healthy growth.

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