This ginger that will leave a nasty taste in your mouth


A dense stand of wild ginger in flower
A dense stand of wild ginger in flower

Warning: do not try to eat wild ginger. Apparently it tastes horrible! Another reason to dislike this pest plant. Additionally, it does serious damage to our natural areas. It spreads across the ground, chokes out other plants, and prevents new ones growing by forming dense mats.


It can easily spread by seeds or fragments of roots, called rhizomes, and can invade our native forests, bush areas, and gardens. Read on to learn how to recognise, remove and dispose of wild ginger.

Wild ginger seedling
Wild ginger seedling

Because wild ginger, also known as Kahili ginger, grows so quickly, spreads easily, and

stops other plants from growing, it’s so important to identify this pest plant when it’s young, small and easier to control. Check out the photo of the wild ginger seedling and look out for these in your backyard and reserves, and just pull them up if they come out easily.


Although it is past the main flowering season now, it is an important time to control the plants. Any seed heads that have formed can easily spread seeds into reserves and parks, and can be collected and disposed of quite easily. If you see the seed heads or flowers, cut them off and place in your household waste collection.


For established plants, more time is needed, but read on to find out how to control it.

For established plants more time is needed, but read on to find out how to control it.
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