GLOBBA WINITII DANCINGING LADIES GINGER Blooming Potted Plants! Absolutely Beautiful, from the forests of Burma & Thailand it is best suited to shaded areas, patios and indoors. Excellent for pot culture. As a deciduous perennial it is fine in most climates particularly in a pot. Keep them moist in a well drained situation. Globba winitii got its interesting name "Dancing Lady Ginger", because of its delicately balanced yellow flowers, which start to dance around when touched by the slightest breath of wind.
In Thailand the long-lasting flowers are very popular and used as cut-flowers as offerings to Lord Buddha and Buddhist monks, but also for flower decorations and exotic flower bouquets. This tropical ginger plant requires a warm summer temps and a semi-shade location (bright indirect light). During the growth period it needs regular watering. During the dormant period watering should be restricted. The plants reach a height of about 60 cm. To overwinter Globba winitii plants, they should be kept at a cool and dark location. The pink or mauve dancing lady ginger is often sold under the name Globba winitii Ruby Queen.
HISTORY: In Thailand it is called Dok Khao Pansa, Dok means flower and Khao Pansa is a Buddhist festivity, held the day after the August full moon marking the beginning of the rainy season and the beginning of the Buddhist lent. From Khao Pansa until the end of the rainy season (Aok Pansa) about 3 month later, Buddhist monks stay in the temple and refrain from wandering around, as seeds are sprouting at this time of the year and monks should not step on the new growth. Dancing lady ginger (Globba winitii) is dormant most of the year, the plant comes back to life with the end of the hot season in June or July.