The stalks and leaves are like those of regular ginger.
Not hardy but very easy to grow.
The plant may grow up to 4-5 m height. Leaves and flowers appear on separate stalks that emerge from the tuber. The leaves measure about 80 cm long and 18 cm wide.
The conical inflorescence is spectacular: red to pink, 25 cm diameter. It appears on 1,5 m long stalks. The flowers emerge between the bracts and are red with yellow margin. The bracts are tough and shiny and so perfect the flower looks artificial. Seeds are numerous. The flowers attract butterflies, bees and birds.
The flower buds, bracts and seeds are used in Asian cuisine.
Ornamental, cut flower, culinary
Ginger Bud, Indonesian Tall Ginger, Javanese Aromatic Ginger, Kantan, Nicola Flower Buds, Philippine Wax flower, Pink Ginger Bud, Porcelain Rose, Torch Ginger, Torch Ginger Flower Buds, Torch-Ginger
Achasma yunnanensis, Alpinia elatior, Alpinia speciosa, Elettaria speciosa, Etlingera yunnanensis, Nicolaia elatior, Nicolaia imperialis, Nicolaia speciosa, Phaeomeria magnifica, Phaeomeria speciosa
Etlingera: in honor of the German botanist Andreas Ernst Etlinger (1730-1790)
Elatior: from the Latin elatus (elevated, high)
Especially in culture, naturalized in wet soils
USDA zone 9-11, -5 °C
Nutritious, moist and well drained
Water twice a day, never let the substrate dry out
Fertilize monthly during growing season
Keep temperature above 10 °C. Is actually more suited for warm greenhouse.
Seed, division of the tuber in spring
- soak the seeds overnight in water
- sow at 2 cm depth in a nutritious substrate
- place the pot in a plastic container and close
- 25-30 °C
- when the seedlings are about 5 cm high, remove the undersized ones
- germination: 3-4 weeks