General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 6-8 feet
Plant Spread: 4 feet or more
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant

Common names
  • Greater Galangal
  • Spice Ginger
  • Siamese Ginger
  • False Galangal

  • Posted by OldGardener (So Cal - Zone 10b) on Apr 18, 2013 3:12 PM concerning plant:
    Known as Greater Galanga (or Galangal), this is the more common of the two types of Galangal used in Thai cooking. In addition to the culinary uses, there are many herbal preparations that utilize the rhizome.

    Plant as soon as the soil is warm (this is a tender perennial) and harvest in the fall when dormant. Although some sites state that Galangal will survive in zone 8, deep mulch and a sharp eye may be required.

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