Can anyone identify what this plant is? Nobody in the neighborhood seems
to know, and I couldn't find it in any of the garden books that I
Almost looks like a cross between a banana plant and some kind of
bamboo. It's located in the eastern Ventura County area of SoCal.
Thanks in advance for any help and/or ideas. :-)
What's that? You couldn't find it in one of those shitty coffe table garden
All is lost!
How about a closeup of the flowers, babe?
Its difficult to identify most gingers (or any plant for that matter)
without seeing the flowers.
So get your butt back out there and take those closeups.
No flowers as of right now, but it does have some white-ish "pods" that look like
they're about to open. Looks like the flowers are going to be yellow, with a
reddish tint to the lower interior:
Those ARE the flowers, you knucklehead.
The whitish "pods" are actually the flower buds.
Flowers that are bird pollinated do not open widely.
Its a "Shell Ginger", Alpinia zerumbet.
Its a very common plant in cultivation in the tropics and subtropics,
invasive and a potential weed.
Now you get back to all those "authorities" in your SoCal neighborhood that
didn't know what it was and straighten them out. Its should have been in one
of your garden books.
I never claimed to be a gardener, but I'm definitely willing to learn. Up to
now my only experience has been with container citrus, palms, and the like. I
inherited this stuff from the people who used to live here.
Thanks for the links and the info, I assume since it's considered an "invasive
plant" in Hawaii that it's fairly easy to propagate? I wouldn't mind having one
for my own when I move out of here in a year or so.
Thanks for the info, despite your semi-abrasive attitude... ;-)
Don't be such a prissy fusspot for a pod person passing as a nobody from
Just playing, gingerbread.
Yeah, Alpinia zerumbet is easy to propagate.
If you did indeed check out the links provided, you would see its a noxious
So how do you get them to bloom? I have some, some variegated, some
not. They just get bigger and bigger.
I went to several local (100 miles) nurseries and got what gingers I
could find. The Kahili ginger is the only one that has bloomed so
far, the white ginger is still a bit small.
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