Elettaria cardamomum is an evergreen perennial from the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. It grows from underground rhizomes, leaves are long and narrow, coloured dark green. This plant is commonly known by the names Cardamom, Cardamon, Ceylon Cardamom and Malabar Cardamom. Cardamom produces lovely white flowers which are orchid-like in appearance, with attractive markings in pink, purple and yellow. The pretty flowers lead onto small, pale green seedpods, these are aromatic and also known as Cardamom. Cardamom is often grown for its seeds, contained within pod-like capsules. Each capsule produces between 15-20 seeds which can be used as a food flavouring or spice. This tender plant grows best in partial shade and moist, well-draining soil, it needs protection from freezing weather. While Cardamom is considered a bit harder to propagate and grow, if you're up for a challenge, in three years you will have personal access to the most expensive spice after saffron and vanilla! It is also sometimes called the Queen of Spices.