Shampoo ginger grows to about 6-7' tall, with long narrow leaves arranged oppositely along the leafstalks. From a distance the plant resembles an oversized, coarse-textured fern. In mid to late summer, separate stalks grow out of the ground with green cone-shaped inflorescences that resemble pinecones. The flower stalks reach 2-3' tall, with the cones up to 8" tall. The green cones turn red over a couple of weeks and then small creamy yellow flowers appear inside the individual bracts. In some locales this plant is known as the "pinecone ginger", but it is most widely known as the "shampoo ginger" for the creamy liquid substance produced in the cones, which is indeed used as a shampoo in parts of Asia.
Shampoo ginger is an easy-to-grow plant that will make a large mature clump in just 2-3 years. It grows easily provided with sufficient moisture and fertile, organic soil. Partial shade or dappled light shade is best, but it will tolerate full sun if kept constantly moist.
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