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Globba globulifera - flower Globba globulifera is a short (18-24 inch) shade-loving ginger that produces round-shaped purple blooms all summer long. The flowers are long lasting and can be used in floral arrangements.

This Globba will also produce prolific "bulbils" which can be sprouted and grown on to mature plants. You can probably see them in the picture below. In my garden they "self seed" from these bulbils, yielding prolific "seedlings" that can be grown on to mature plants. They are not really seeds, but a form of asexual propagation, each growing into a genetic clone of the mother plant.

Purple globe ginger is hardy to zone 8, but it has a natural dormancy period during the winter dry season, even in the tropics, and can easily be lifted for winter storage in colder areas. It is small enough to be grown in pots and will tolerate low light so that it is suitable as a house plant.

It grows best in light shade, and I have read that it can tolerate nearly full sun in cooler climates. It should be planted in a well drained, organic soil. This ginger is more drought resistant than most gingers, but it prefers regular moisture.


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