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Common Name: Native Ginger
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Native Ginger, or the Alpinia caerulea, is a beautiful evergreen with fragrant, creamy-white bell flowers, with clusters of purple-blue berries appearing on spike stems which are highly attractive to fruit eating birds. The berries were traditionally eaten by the aboriginals; however the seeds are toxic if ingested by humans... so, eat the flesh only! Growing 1 - 3 m tall, the sword-shaped, glossy green foliage with red underbellies is perfect for adding a tropical feel to your garden.
Ideal for specimen or container planting, and can be utilised indoors or out, consider planting in large tubs on patios to spectacular effect. We recommend regular pruning to maintain a compact growth habit.
Sensitive to frost and wind; sheltered position. Most well drained soils, mulch in summer. Partial shade preferred. Attractive to fruit eating birds.
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