Lesser Galangal (Alpinia officinarum)

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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: 3-5 feet
Plant Spread: 3-4 feet and more
Leaves: Other: dies back in cool weather - will resprout when warm
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Bi-Color: White with red streaks
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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Posted by OldGardener (So Cal - Zone 10b) on Apr 18, 2013 2:55 PM

Tender perennial grown for edible rhizome. Related to ginger, Lesser Galangal is used as both a culinary ingredient and as a herbal preparation. A common ingredient in Thai food, this rhizome imparts a spicy, fragrant flavor . Harvest in the fall when dormancy sets in and rhizomes have some size. Must be mulched heavily if over-wintered outdoors.

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