Kaempferia Rotunda Description (White, Purple)
Kaempferia Rotunda It is native to Southeast Asia and a member of the ginger family. The blossoms arise from the rhizome one or two at a time, each lasts only two or three days, but the plant blooms for four to five weeks. The back of the leaf is purple, the front is green and patterned with silvery marks.
Planting and care
Plant in autumn. Plant 3 inches deep and provide 3 to 4 inches of spacing. The pointy part should face up. Add some coarse sand or fine gravel to the soil to help improve the drainage.
- During severe winter it is best brought inside into a warm area.
- In winter, cease watering and keep dry.
Special features: Flower. Tightly rolled, the leaves resemble purple spikes.
Culinary use: NA
Ornamental use: It is a ginger that is best suited to growing in a container and kept at table-top height.
Medicinal use: NA
Kaempferia is a genus in the Zingiberaceae family found in southern & southeastern Asia. These gingers grow from small globular rhizomes which grow fleshy roots. Most are low growing which colorfully marked foliage. Flowers either emerge in the spring just prior to the foliage or with the foliage continuing flowering through the summer. Most species naturally go dormant for a portion of the year. Many species published as Kaempferia have over the years been transferred to the genera Boesenbergia, Scaphoclamys,