The Shampoo Ginger Plant That's More Than Just a Pretty Face

Meet Zingiber zerumbet, a plant with many names and even more uses. Known as Bitter ginger, Shampoo Ginger, and Wild ginger, this plant is a showstopper in any garden and a must-have for plant enthusiasts.

Zingiber zerumbet

Shade To Partial Sun

Versatile for varying light, from low to moderate sun.

Moderate Water Needs

This plant has moderate water needs.

Sand Specialist

Thrives in sandy soils, requiring moderate care and preparation.

Neutral Soil pH Preference

Prefers a neutral pH, common in many soils.

Safe For Humans

No known toxic effects.

Safe for Pets

No known safety risks to pets and livestock.


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About Zingiber zerumbet

The Zingiber zerumbet is a long-lived herb that stands 4-6 feet tall and spreads 3-5 feet wide. Its verdant leaves are not only ornamental but also edible and perfumed. But the real show starts in pre-winter when the plant blooms with pale, olive flowers that stand out against its lush greenery.

Did you know that the Zingiber zerumbet is also known as the 'Shampoo Ginger'? Its name comes from the milky substance in the cones, which can be used as a natural shampoo!

Also known as

Bitter ginger
Broad-Leaved Ginger
Martinique ginger
Pine cone ginger
Pinecone ginger
Shampoo Ginger
Wild ginger
Zerumbet ginger


Yes, the leaves of Zingiber zerumbet are edible.

Our design recommendations

With its height and vivid flowers, the Zingiber zerumbet makes a great feature or showpiece plant. It's perfect for adding a tropical touch to your garden or indoor greenery. This plant thrives in urns, verandas, and indoor greenery. It can also be found in forest landscapes.