- Flower nameZingiber zerumbet
- Scientific nameZingiber zerumbet
- Aliasアワプヒ, Zingiber zerumbet
- Place of origin India and the Malay Peninsula
- Place of floweringSubtropical region
- Flowering season
What is Zingiber zerumbet
Zingiber zerumbet, Wild ginger or Shampoo ginger (Scientific name: Zingiber zerumbet) is a perennial herb of the ginger family,Zingiberaceae, native to India and the Malay Peninsula. It grows wild on the forest floor in tropical rainforests. It was brought to Hawaii by the Polynesians. It produces cone-shaped head flowers in summer. The head flowers are initially green with overlapping scales and yellowish-white florets between them. Later, the head flowers turn bright red and are filled with a fragrant mucus. The flowers and rhizome are used as shampoo and herbal medicine, and the juice is dissolved in water for drinking. The flowers are beautiful and can be planted in gardens or cut as flowers.
Common name:Zingiber zerumbet, Scientific name: Zingiber zerumbet, Aka: Other names: Shampoo ginger, Wild ginger, `awapuhi (Hawaiian), `Awapuhi-kuahiwi (Hawaiian), opuni (Hawaiian), Plant height (false stem height): 60-120 cm, Leaf length: 15-30 cm, Inflorescence: alternate, Corolla shape: spreading Alternate, corolla shape: head flower, head flower length: 3-10 cm, uses: garden planting and cut flowers, cooking, hair washing, drinking family.