Zingiber officinale
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Zingiber officinale

sheng jian

  family zingiberaceae 
  genus zingiber 

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Genus  Zingiber Species  officinale Variety  Cultivar  Common names  ginger   sheng jian   singabera Family  ZINGIBERACEAE Specimen number  S11404 Data source  CrscntBlm;HtZn p182;MedPl p153
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  3' - 4' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Light shade Water  Moist, well drained Optimal soil texture  Rich Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 09a-11 AHS heat zones  Heat zones 12-08 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  This somewhat tender plant can only survive cold winter nights that dip to 20� Fahrenheit. Zingiber officinale needs summer days with high heat. Ginger does well in rich soils. Zingiber officinale is known as sheng jian in Chinese and singabera in Sanskrit. Light shade is needed for this plant to do its best. It does well in moist, well drained soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  antiemetic   carminative   vasodilator   antitussive   anti-inflammatory   antiseptic   hypotensive Medicinal parts  Rhizome   Essential oil Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Do not take essential oil internally without professional guidance. Medicinal notes  Zingiber officinale has too many possible beneficial herbal uses to fully enumerate. A few of its uses include: as an antiemetic, as a carminative, as a vasodilator and as an antitussive. See the medicinal properties section for the full list. The rhizome and the essential oil are used in herbal preparations. Do not take essential oil internally without professional guidance.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  aromatic spicy roots Fragrance parts  Roots Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Zingiber officinale is a perennial. Leaves: Ginger has 2' to 4' flat leaves. Flowers: This plant has conical spikes flowers. Flowers begin in June and don't stop until August. The flowers are typically of a yellow color.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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