Beehive ginger Zingiber spectabile

beehive ginger


a rhizomatous perennial with erect, unbranched stems up to 2.5m tall arising from the fleshy rhizomes bearing narrow, lance-shaped leaves. Small, purple and white flowers with yellow spots are borne on stems up to 50cm tall and emerge from pale yellow-orange bracts that overlap to form a cylindrical, beehive-like structure; the bracts may darken with age to orange and red

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      beehive ginger

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Foliage type


    • Height

      2.5-4 metres

    • Spread

      0.5-1 metres

    • Hardiness zones


  • sunLight

    Full Sun, Partial Shade

  • scissorsPruning

    Cut back old stems as they die back in the autumn

  • bambooSoil

    Loam, Sand, SoilClay

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Hardiness zone

      Cut Flowers Architectural Patio & Container Plants

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propagate by seed or by division of well-established plants in early spring, or by separating and replanting sections of rhizome 15-20cm long in spring or early summer

  • insectPests

    Glasshouse red spider mite can be troublesome under glass

  • microbeDiseases

    Generally trouble free