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Aframomum melegueta


Aframomum melegueta or grains of paradise is a tropical ginger grown for its pepper-flavoured seeds.

Aframomum melegueta, commonly known as grains of paradise, is a tropical ginger originating from West Africa cultivated for its pungent, peppery seeds used as an alternative to black pepper. The plant grows much like a Hedychium with a strong rhizomatous structure with long, narrow leaves on strong stems rising to five feet tall. Trumpet-shaped purple flowers emerge at the stem tips and produce seed pods filled with reddish-brown seeds. Once mature, the pods are harvested and dried before removing the seeds. Protect from winter cold in a frost-free area or use as a potted houseplant. Photo: Wikipedia.

Common Name: Grains of Paradise

Family: Zingiberaceae (The Ginger Family)

Zone Hardiness: 10-12

Light: Part Sun, Part Shade

Height: 4-6'

Width: 3-5'

Primary Bloom Colour: Purple

Secondary Bloom Colour:

Class: Evergreen

Type: Tender

Bloom Time: Summer

Soil Moisture: Average, Moist

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: Yes



Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Shady sites in damp and swampy soils in forests of West Africa.


Geogrpahical Origin: Europe and Africa - Tropical Africa

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