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Shell Ginger
Alpinia zerumbet 'Variegata'
Uses: Culinary/Medicinal Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 8-11)
(Variegated ginger; Pink porcelain lily) With its large ornamental green and gold leaves this is a popular ornamental house plant and an outdoor landscaping plant in warm areas. It is widely used in East Asia for food and medicine. Rhizomes are used as a substitute for galangal and ginger. In China and Japan the leaves are used to wrap rice or fish for cooking. In Brazil it is one of the most important folk medicines for rheumatism, heart disease, hypertension, and as a diuretic. In the Philippines the leaves are used for fevers and the rhizomes are used to treat dyspepsia, flatulence, vomiting, diarrhea and malaria. The rhizomes have sedative properties owing to the same kavalactones found in kava. Called "shell ginger" because the flowers appearing in the second year resemble sea shells. Requires bright light and humid, moist conditions.
P2862-270 Plants $6.75/ea
Currency: United States Dollar

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