Ginger Varieties

S & J Nursery’s Types of Ginger Plants

for Northeast Florida Landscapes

     There are so many species of Ginger plants in the Zingiberacea family, somewhere close to 1,300! Each type of ginger has its own unique growth habits, preferred sun, soil and water requirements etc. making it so that it is just impossible to categorize these beautifully unique plant together as one group.

     Over the years I have sold ALOT of different types of ginger plants, and some have become favorites that we continue to carry today while others the entire stock has been sold out and are seem frustratingly impossible to
find again!

Here is a simple breakdown of each of the commonly grown ginger varieties here at S & J Nursery with just a brief description of each to get you started as well as links to each of the selections we are currently growing at the Trout Creek Nursery site. I will do my best to keep this page updated on what selections are currently available, but they can come and go quickly when in bloom or when used in a large scale landscape project  so give me a call and Ill check to make sure we still have what your looking for anytime!


Alpinia Ginger Varieties   

  • Light Shade ( morning sun and afternoon shade, or filtered light
    underneath tree canopies)
  • Ample water / moist soils
  • Root hardy to about 15 degrees
  • Mostly winter dormant foliage in Norhtheast Florida / Jacksonville and
    St. Augustine area landscapes. Can remain evergreen depending on planting location etc.
  • Will begin to bloom readily 2-3 years after being planted when roots have
    not been disturbed trim flowering canes down to ground level the following spring.


S & J Nursery’s Alpinia Ginger

Pinstripe Ginger Alpinia foliage

Alpinia formosana

Alpinia vittata – Currently out of Stock

Variegated Shell Ginger growing in partial sun and partial shade in the St. Augustine area Landscape

zerumbet Varigeated Shell Ginger 


Costus Ginger Varieties

  • Relative of gingers ( in the zingiberacea plant family)
  • Light Shade ( morning sun and afternoon shade or filtered light
    under larger trees plants can take sun exposure when roots are shaded by surrounding plantings. )
  • Moist soils during growth times, dryer over winter
  • Winter dormant foliage in the Northeast Florida
    Jacksonville and St. Augustine area landscape.

Costus Woodsonii Red Button Ginger 

H=  4-6′   x   W= 4′

 Costus woodsonii Dwarf ‘French Kiss’

( Red Button Ginger) 24-36 inch H x W

Curcuma / Hidden Ginger Varieties

  • Big bold foliage and colorful blooms during the summer
  • Light shade or morning sun
  • consistent water during the growing season, or irrigated landscape areas.
    Dry soils when dormant in the winter months.
  • Winter dormant foliage reemerges from the underground rhizomes in late spring and early summer.
  • Flowers make great long lasting floral arrangements

Curcuma Raspberry


Ginger curcuma petiolata bloom up close

Curcuma petiolata Variegated Hidden Ginger

Curcuma Giant Pink

curcuma siam sparkling foliage and bloom

Curcuma Siam ‘sparkling’ Series

Curcuma Longa Edible Turmeric

Curcuma zedoaria 

Globba / Dancing Girl Gingers

  • Smaller ginger selection only reaching heights of 1-3 ft fully
  • partial shade planting locations, (morning sun and afternoon shade or
    filtered light underneath larger canopy trees.
  • Winter dormant foliage
  • Regular water during the growing season and light water in dormant winter months.

 Currently out of Stock on all
selecitons of Dancing Ginger

Hedychium / Butterfly Ginger Varieties

  • Tall growing Ginger selections
  • Full sun or partial shade
  • Consistently moist soils
  • Can range depending on Selection inheight from 2-9 ft
  • Extremely fragrant flowers have a soft honeysuckle like

Ginger Hedychium Disney blooms

Ginger Hedychiym coccineum ‘Disney’

Ginger Hedychium Pink V peachy pink Blooms against the sky

Ginger Hedychiym coccineum ‘Pink V’

White butterfly ginger bloom up close

White Butterfly Ginger Hedychium corronarium


Kaempferia / Peacock Ginger Varieties 

  •  Full Shade in Northeast Florida or bright indirect light
  • Moist soils during the growing season
  • Decorative foliage stays low to the ground and are often brightly
  • Winter dormant


Peacock Ginger kaempferiasilver spot

Peacock ginger Silver Spot

Ginger Kaempferia pulchra Bronze Peacock in the St. Augustine area landscape viewed from above

Peacock Ginger keampferia Bronze 


Zingiber Ginger Varieties

  • Partial shade ( morning sun with afternoon shade or filtered
    light under taller canopy shade trees)
  • Regular water, irrigated landscape, moist soils during growing season,
    dry during winter dormant months

Edible Ginger Zingiber Officinale