Native Blue Ginger
The most widespread of the Australian Alpinia species, it is found on the east coast from the Torres Strait Islands at the northernmost Queensland to Sydney, New South Wales. It prefers a humus-rich, damp soil in a protected, shady position. It dislikes both drought and frost.
An evergreen perennial, clumping plant growing to a height of 2 metres with a spread of 1 metre. The rhizome (underground stem) is creeping; the stems are upright and straight; the leaves are bright green, narrow, lanceolate and opposite, the flowers are white and red and in terminal clusters appearing in spring; the fruit, for which it is named, are blue, globular berries about 1cm across.
The fruit of this plant was eaten by the Aborigines who spat the seeds out. The young tips are tender and have a distinctive ginger flavour. They give a piquant flavour to salads and are a tasty addition to mixed dried fruit. The rhizomes (underground stems) have a delicate ginger flavour when cooked as a substitute. Diced, boiled and sweetened, they make a pleasant sauce.
Offered is a packet of approximately 10 seeds with propagation notes.
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