Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Alpinia calcarata

Sometimes called Snap ginger, Alpinia calcarata is a very easy evergreen species that blooms on old growth. Blooms can occur at nearly any time of the year, but peak flowering occurs from late spring to early summer. The inflorescence is carried upright on the end of the cane. Leaves are long and narrow, about 1 to 2 inches wide by 14 inches long.
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.
Rhizomes are thin with well-spaced canes.
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).

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