Flowers of Zingiber spectabile, Bee Hive Ginger
This ginger is from the so called 'cool tropics', the hill country of Thailand and thus it will grow as far south as Sydney but getting it to flower is another story. It flowers well in Brisbane and down as far as Coff's Harbour but I have not seen it do so locally. It likes a spot in semi shade with rich soil containing plenty of organic matter. Planting it close to a path means you can admire the unusual flowers up close. Cut flowers have a long vase life and look very exotic in a modern arrangement.