Names: Ginger, Red Ginger, Ostrich plume, Pink Cone Ginger
Colors: Red, pink, white, yellow depending on variety
Season: Available year-round
Meaning: Typically, the red ginger is symbolic of strength, but can be also used to stand for passion, love and strong bonds.
Yes, this is the same plant family, Zingiberaceae, from which we get the spices ginger, cardamon, and turmeric. As such, it has been an important part of trade in Indo-Malaysian countries since before the early Greeks and Romans, who later developed a taste for these flavors.
These striking plants are native to Malaysia, but are also grown in other tropical locales such as Hawaii, Trinidad, and Puerto Rico, among others. It is the national flower of Samoa where it is called teuila. Red ginger can also be grown in South Florida because of the mild winters and high humidity there. Ginger can also be grown as a houseplant, but be careful when planting it outside because it tends to spread.
The ginger flower is actually a small white bloom that appears at the top of the red bract.
Wikipedia, http://kalanitropicals.com, http://flowerinfo.org/ginger-flowers