The Zingiberaceae Family was named and described by Ivan Ivanovič Martinov in Tekhno-Botanicheskīĭ Slovarʹ in 1820.
As of 12-19-21 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online lists 57 accepted genera in this family. This family is commonly known as the ginger family.
I grew a few members of this family when I lived in Mississippi. You can click on the plant’s name under the photos to go to their own pages.
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I am not sure where to begin… OK, I started out with three Alpina zerumbet (Shell Ginger) shipped by mistake in 2009 when I lived in Mississippi. The labels said they were Lemon Ginger but they turned out to be Shell Ginger. Either way, the lady I was working for didn’t order Lemon Ginger… The seller and I came to an agreement and I wound up ordering more plants that cost an additional $18.00. As it turned out, I really enjoyed the Shell Ginger and they multiplied like crazy. I brought a pot back with me when I moved to Missouri but they didn’t work out. Well, being a Missouri native and not used to gardening in the south, I kept them in pots in Mississippi until 2012 when they would have done just fine in the ground. I came back to Missouri and put what I brought in the ground where I should have kept them in pots. GEEZ!
A good friend of mine and fellow plant collector gave me several Curcuma petiolata (Hidden Ginger) rhizomes in the fall of 2011. They did quite well and bloomed the following August. I left them behind when I moved back to Missouri in 2013…
The same friend gave me QUITE A FEW Hedychium coronarium (Butterfly Ginger) at the same time as the Hidden Ginger. I put them in an area by the old goldfish pool next to the Hidden Ginger, but soon I had enough to put in other places as well… I didn’t bring any of these with me when I moved either… Different zone…