Pinecone Ginger is absolutely stunning. It is not only a beautiful plant but it also smells amazing, and is very useful also! I first saw this in my own backyard. It looks like nothing I have ever seen. Like the most beautiful alien flower you could imagine. The colors are really amazing. At first they are mostly green, but as the days go on, this rhizome gains some really amazing variations of colors of pink. Finally, a little white flower blooms on the top. So let’s look at the Pinecone Ginger uses…
It goes by many names
Shampoo Ginger, Awapuhi Kuahiwi (Hawaii) and also the scientific name is Zingiber Zerumbet.
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Pinecone Ginger Uses:
- Shampoo – Yes I have done this it worked fine for me, and my hair smelled so awesome! When the rhizome turns red, squeeze liquid onto hair and rub in as if shampooing hair. You can rinse it out but you do not have to!
- Wounds – Cut open Rhizome and tie to the wound.
- Stomach ache – grind and strain roots and combine with water and drink on an empty stomach.
- Toothache – Cook the rhizome and place it on the affected area for as long as needed.
- Quench thirst – By squeezing the rhizome and drinking the liquid.
- Leaves can be used to make pork or fish dishes have much better flavor.
- Baking – leaves and stalks could be used in baking. I am not sure what purpose that they would take in baking. There was not much information on this. It would be interesting and yummy smelling I bet!
- Digestion – Make a tea with the root, to possibly aid in digestion
I told you I washed my hair with this Pinecone Ginger, but after I did it, my mom said I wonder if you extract the liquid and keep the rhizome intact without cutting it, will it produce more liquid, or will it die? That made me wonder for sure. I have only had one bloom on my gingers so far, so if I get one I may try it but also I read that it is really easy to grow more with just a Rhizome! What? Nice. They say these can take over a garden, they are somewhat invasive. I kinda don’t mind they are so pretty and I can keep them away from my future garden! So I am not sure if I should try my mom’s idea or should I plant more of these beautiful plants!
How to replant:
- How to plant the Rhizome:
Dig a hole deep enough for the rhizome to be down 4 inches from the top.
These are drought tolerant but, mostly likes a regular amount of water on schedule. They also need well draining soil. They like full sun to partial shade. You can harvest a rhizome and plant it next spring by keeping it in a dry cool place.
*Resource – Floridata.com
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