Shell ginger, Alpinia zerumbet

Shell ginger is native to Southeast Asia.  The ginger typically used for cooking is the rhizome of Zingiber officinale and shell ginger is in the same family but not usually used as a spice. This one was used for landscaping purposes and the leaves reminded me of Canna plants.

Photo 1: Shell ginger bloom

Shell ginger

Photo 2: Shell ginger bloom and buds

Shell ginger 2

Photo 3: Shells

Shell ginger 3

Photo 4: Bee on Shell Ginger

Shell ginger 4

 

Photo 5: Shell Ginger blooms

Shell ginger 5

 

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