Flowering Beehive Ginger Plant

 

Talking about unique? Talk about the beautiful Beehive Ginger plant! This one is one of a kind... one I knew I had to create. Join me in creating this fun bloom with the step-by-step pattern.

 

 Materials Needed

- Scheepjes (Maxi Sugar Rush) You can also use any size 10 crochet thread.

Colors
 

  • Poppy Rose Or Golden Yellow
  • Sage Green
  • Candle Light (pale yellow)

Other Materials

  • 1.25 mm Crochet Needle
  • 24 gauge wires
  • Light red and light green chalks (Optional)
  • Spray Bottle (Recommended)
  • Dowel sticks measuring 23” long with a circumference of 1 1/8”. You can cut a couple of them down to give the overall arrangement a more realistic look.
  • Glue/glue gun
  • Ball tool for shaping bracts

 

Flowering Beehive Ginger Plant Fun Facts

  • The plant is commonly known in the West by the common name “beehive ginger”, due to its unusual inflorescences which resemble a skep beehive. It is also referred to by the common names “Ginger wort” or “Malaysian ginger”.
  • Its botanical name is Zingiber spectabileThe Beehive Ginger leaves and rhizomes are used to flavor food. Its young rhizomes are sliced, soaked in vinegar, and used as an appetizer. Young tender shoots are eaten as ulam, fresh as salad.
  • The Beehive cones last for months. They grow in bright tones of yellow, orange, and even chocolate. The red cones are a sign that they have matured. 
  • The matured flowers produce a foamy juice that can be used to wash your hair. It has been used to make shampoo sold today.
  • Polynesians used the plant stems for treating toothaches, headaches, cuts, bruises, and skin diseases.