This species is a robust perennial with medium green, smooth, lance-shaped leaves which have a cardamon-like scent. The flowers, which rarely bloom in cultivation, are white, tinged with purple and are borne in pendant racemes in the summer. Also known as Alpinia speciosa.
Common problems with Shellflower
How to propagate Shellflower
Propagation is by division in late spring or early summer.
Other uses of Shellflower
Used to preserve food in Japan and also used in traditional medicine as a diuretic, an antihypertensive an antifungal, and as an antiulcer.