These small, delicate-flowered members of the ginger family are native to Southeast Asia. They grow upright to 13 ft. tall; leaves are lustrous green sheaths, and graceful, spidery flowers bloom in summer or fall among long, arching sprays of brightly colored bracts. Bulbils are often found inside the bracts and if planted promptly will produce new plants. Space 112 ft. apart. Easy to grow if fertilized and kept moist during the growing season and fed with a balanced controlled-release fertilizer in early spring and again in midsummer. In cold-winter areas, bring indoors before frost; mist to provide humidity if necessary, and stop watering during the winter to give plant a period of dormancy. Resume watering gradually in spring. Most make good cut flowers.
G. globulifera. PURPLE GLOBE GINGER. Has short panicles of purple bracts and yellow flowers.
G. marantina. YELLOW DANCING GIRLS. Produces 3-in. panicles of light green-yellow bracts and yellow flowers with red spots.
G. winitii. Has 6-in. panicles of rosy purple bracts and bright yellow flowers. Particularly delicate and long blooming. 'Mauve Dancing Girl' has lavender-purple bracts and golden yellow flowers; panicles may reach 810 in. long. Foliage of 'Red Leaf' has maroon undersides. 'White Dragon' has pure white bracts and small yellow flowers.