Native Ginger- Redback

Alpinia caerulea Open Pollinated

  • Edible shoots, fruit and rhizome
  • Ornamental green leaves with red undersides
  • Suited to shade or part shade

Standard seed packet, 10 seeds

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'Native Ginger- Redback' seeds

Alpinia caerulea

Synonyms: Alpinia coerulea

  • Edible shoots, fruit and rhizome
  • Ornamental green leaves with red undersides
  • Suited to shade or part shade

A fast-growing edible perennial from the rainforest of northern NSW and Queensland, related to galangal. Clumps of deep green sword shaped leaves with red undersides grow up to 2m tall from an underground rhizome. Fragrant white flowers in spring and summer are followed by 1.5cm round bright blue fruit, which are attractive to birds. New shoots have a mild ginger flavour and can be used in cooking, while the berries can also be eaten and taste tangy and lemony. Rhizomes are similar to ginger but with a milder flavour, and the mature leaves can be used to wrap fish for baking or steaming.

Can also be grown as an ornamental for it's colourful foliage. Suits a shady or partly shady spot in a tropical to warm temperate climate; can also be grown indoors. Also known as 'Wild Ginger' or 'Blue Ginger'.

Note: Seeds of many native plants are dormant and will not germinate until ideal environmental conditions are met. Follow instructions for pre-treatment and sowing, and be patient; some wild harvested seeds can take much longer to germinate than expected.

Seeds per gram: 50
Product code: H2-06

Quick Sowing Guide
Method Raise seedlings
Sowing Depth 3mm
Season Spring and summer
Germination 10-60 days @ 20-24°C
Hardiness / Life Cycle Frost Tender Perennial
Plant Height 200cm
Position Part or full shade, moist well drained soil
Days Until Maturity 365

*Notes: Soak seed overnight in lukewarm water before planting. Plants will die back in winter in cool climates. Can be pruned hard to rejuvenate.


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