Pinecone ginger (Zingiber zerumbet) Ornamental Live Plant 10”-20”
When gently squeezed, a replenishable clear, fragrant liquid can be oozed from the “cone.” It can be used as a hair. How do you take care of a pine cone ginger? Pine cone ginger thrives in filtered shade and rich soil. It prefers soil with a neutral pH and a light to medium texture.
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In summer, provide the plant with consistently moist soils and keep the soil dry during winters since the plant goes dormant and requires less moisture. While the fragrant liquid inside the bracts of pinecone ginger is the only part of the plant I’ve had experience using, many cultures have used the rhizomes for a variety of culinary and medicinal purposes. The grated rhizomes add a spicy zest to many recipes. Shampoo ginger prefers to grow in damp regions with partial shade and humid conditions.
It’s found scattered around wet roadsides, shady lowlands, streams and river banks, and hill slopes.
Shampoo flower gets its various names due to its pinecone-shaped inflorescence, which when squeezed produces a fragrant milky-white substance which is often used as a shampoo or hair conditioner.
By mid to late summer, the thick shampoo ginger rhizomes produce flower spikes each topped with a globular, brightly-colored inflorescence.
The inflorescence resembles a pinecone and is initially wrapped by green, waxy bracts, which turn a vibrant shade of red upon reaching maturity.