A picture of a Shellflower

Shellflower

Alpinia nutans

Also known as

Dwarf cardamon, False cardamon

Partial Shade
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H4

RHS hardiness

-10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

90cm

Max

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Shellflower Overview

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

Division

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.