- San Diego Zoo
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Ginger: Shell Ginger Alpinia zerumbet
FAMILY: ZINGIBERACEAE (Ginger Family)
The grandest of all the gingers is shell ginger Alpinia zerumbet. Native to east Asia, shell ginger has leaves that are 2 feet (0.6 meters) long and shell-like flowers that grow together in beautiful pendant clusters in late summer. The plant can reach heights of up to 12 feet (3.6 meters).