Alpinia calcarata

A tight clumping Alpinia with narrow leaves and white inflorescence with yellow/maroon centres. In India and Sri Lanka the rhizomes are traditionally used in medicines to remedy cough, respiratory ailments, diabetes, asthma and arthritis.

Synonyms (AKA): Snap Ginger


Typical height: 1.5 to 2.5m
Climate: Prefers tropical or subtropical climates, or warm protected areas in Temperate climates (eg. Sydney, Melbourne)
Light conditions: Full sun to part shade
Growth habit: Tight clumping, upright
Growing conditions: Moist well drained soil, rich in organic matter
Flowers: Spring / Summer
Origin: India / Sri Lanka


Quantity Stock image Options Price incl. GST
2  in stock
Alpinia calcarata - 180mm pot Alpinia calcarata - 180mm pot
Typical height 60cm
3  in stock
Alpinia calcarata - 300mm pot Alpinia calcarata - 300mm pot
Typical height 100cm


The rhizomes are not considered edible, however they are used in Indian and Sri Lankan traditional medicines as a remedy for bronchitis, cough, respiratory ailments, diabetics, asthma and arthritis. Laboratory tests in Sri Lanka have also concluded that the rhizomes have strong aphrodisiac qualities (at least in rats).

May be grown in full sun provided plants are given adequate water, though plants will look their best when provided with afternoon shade. For further information about planting, care and maintenance. For further information about planting, care and maintenance. Please refer to our  Heliconia and Ginger Growing Guide.





Alpinia calcarata - 180mm pot

Barcode 101986798782
Shipping Weight 2.0000kg

Alpinia calcarata - 300mm pot

Barcode 101986798783
Shipping Weight 9.0000kg

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