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Alpinia galanga


Alpinia galanga, or galangal, is a tropical plant grown for its pungent, culinary rhizomes and beautiful creamy-white flowers.

Alpinia galanga, commonly known as galangal, is a tropical ginger cultivated for its pungent rhizome that smells of citrus, black pepper, and pine needles. It is used as culinary herb to impart and enhance the rich aromas of Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine. It grows much like a Hedychium with a strong rhizomatous root structure and upright stems with long, elliptic leaves to 6 feet tall. Large, tropical-looking inflorescences of creamy white and pink flowers occur at the top of the stems. The rhizomes can be dug up and used fresh or dried. Adds tropical drama to the garden or patio and delicious flavours to the kitchen. Protect from winter cold in a frost-free area or use as a potted houseplant. Photo: Wikipedia.

Common Name: Galangal

Family: Zingiberaceae (The Ginger Family)

Zone Hardiness: 11-12

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade

Height: 4-6'

Width: 3-5'

Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream

Secondary Bloom Colour: Pink

Class: Evergreen

Type: Tender

Bloom Time: Summer

Soil Moisture: Average, Moist

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: Yes



Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Forest margins, forests, scrub and grasslands at 100-1300 metre elevations in China, India and Malaysia..


Geogrpahical Origin: Asia and the Pacific - Southeast Asia

Asia and the Pacific - Australasia

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