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Boesenbergia rotunda

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Boesenbergia rotunda flower Boesenbergia rotunda grows to about 2 ft tall in light shade. It is known as "Chinese Keys" and is used as a spice in Thai cooking. It is sometimes found still listed under the old name - Boesenbergia pandurata. As an ornamental, it is not spectacular, but it does increase well and makes an attractive groundcover for shady areas. The flowers are beautiful, but they are usually hidden at the base of the foliage and often go completely unnoticed.

Chinese Keys is listed in most references as being hardy to zone 7 or zone 8, and I have been growing it for many years in my Tallahassee zone 8-B garden with no problems at all. It goes dormant naturally like Curcumas and Kaempferias, and the rhizomes can be lifted in winter if you are in a colder area.

I grow Boesenbergia rotunda in a well-drained woodland soil in filtered shade and I have read that it can be grown in deep shade.


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