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PlantFiles: Lesser Galanga
Kaempferia galanga

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Kaempferia (kaymp-FER-ee-a) (Info)
Species: galanga (gal-LONG-guh) (Info)

One vendor has this plant for sale.

11 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Light Blue
Medium Blue
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Michaelp On Nov 8, 2003, Michaelp from Glendale, UT (Zone 5a) wrote:

this is nice-it is an edible Asian spice plant grown for the rhizomes-it has large leaves and lays flat on the ground-the blooms are real nice-blue with two purple spots-.[Florida-32182]

Neutral fozi On Dec 20, 2002, fozi wrote:

Often mistaken for its brother (Alpinia galangal) which is used in cooking, this plant is used more for medicinal uses and has purported psychotropic effects.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Corona, California
Melbourne, Florida

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