The thin-stemmed canes arch gracefully from the weight of leaves and flowers. The inflorescence always grows erect, regardless of the degree of arch in the cane.
The clumps grow 3-4 feet in height and spread wider as they multiply. Rubbing or bruising the foliage releases a pleasantly spicy fragrance.Alpinia calcarata is recommended for USDA Zones 9-11. It is native to India and grows in sun or shade.
The rhizome is not considered edible, but laboratory tests in Sri Lanka concluded that the rhizomes have strong aphrodisiac qualities (at least in rats).