Kaempferia Galanga - Sand Ginger

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Kaempferia Galanga

Family

Zingiberaceae

Origin

Africa &  Asia

Description 

Kaempferia Galanga is also often called the galangal. Sand Ginger is a small, stemless perennial herb growing up to 45cm tall from a rhizomatous rootstock.This short-stemmed herb has flat, green, round leaves that measure 3-6 inches across. The white flowers (with a purple spot on the lip) are ephemeral, grow from the center of the plant, and grow to about 1 inch breadth.

In India, the root is often chewed with betel nut (Areca catechu).K. galanga is used in the folk medicines of Asia as an expectorant and carminative. A tea made of the leaves is employed for sore throat, swellings, rheumatism, and eye infections in India. The root of K. galanga is considered warm, fragrant, and pungent, and very beneficial for the lungs. It is used for cold in the chest and abdomen, vomiting, diarrhoea, intestinal parasites, and toothache.

Environment

Rich, well drained soil. Best grown in a container in a warm, sheltered and semi-shady spot. Water and feed well during the growing season

Landscape Use

The plant is grown as an ornamental  herb

 

 


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