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
White
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

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

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Location: Gulf Coast
Date: 2019-06-26
Thai ginger, root edible, spicy
Location: Botanical garden of Crete
Date: 2022-06-01
Location: Gulf Coast
Date: 2019-06-29
Thai ginger, root edible, spicy, neighbor said
Location: Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Gainesville, FL
Date: 2019-05-15
Location: Austin ,TX
Date: February
Cardamon ginger
Location: Thailand
Date: 2014-08-12
Photo by PlantSister; used with permission.
Location: Thailand
Date: 2014-08-12
Photo by PlantSister; used with permission.
Location: Thailand
Date: 2014-08-12
Photo by PlantSister; used with permission
Location: Manie van der Schijff Botanical Garden, Pretoria, South Africa
credit: JMK
Location: Gulf Coast
Date: 2019-06-29
Thai ginger, root edible, spicy
Location: Big Island of Hawaii, near our driveway
Date: 2015-08-12

Photo Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Used with permissio
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photo credit: Susan Slater
Comments:
  • 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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