Alpinia mutica

Alpinia mutica


One packet contains 10 seeds.

Alpinia mutica is described by many common names: orchid ginger, small shell ginger, and false or dwarf cardamom. It is a Southeast Asian herbaceous perennial of the Zingiberaceae (ginger) family. It has no relationship with cardamom, but the large, glossy leaves emit a spicy scent when crushed, similar to green cardamom. The plant is used ornamentally as a lush understory filler, forming dense tufts reaching 1 to 2 m (3 to 7 ft) high and spanning 1 m (3 ft). It can also be grown in containers of 35 L (9 gal) or more. In spring it produces beautiful long clusters of flowers—white and shell-shaped, with bright yellow and red-veined lips. Its numerous fruits are also attractive—orange-red and round with short hairs. In Malaysia, an infusion of the rhizome is used medicinally for abdominal ailments. Also, the leaves are edible and used as a spice to add flavor to steamed rice, to make tea, and to wrap fish. Alpinia mutica is cold-tolerant to light frost, thrives in partial shade to full sun, and prefers rich, well-draining soil.

Suitable for outdoor planting in USDA plant hardiness zone 9

Minimum tested germination rate is 29%

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