Kaempferia elegans 'Emerald Ripple' - Gingers R Us
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Kaempferia elegans 'Emerald Ripple'

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Kaempferia elegans flowers I bought this plant a few years ago from Russel Adams, Gainesville Tree Farm. He had picked up some Kaempferia rhizomes at the market in Bangkok and had not identified the species - listed at his place as "K8". After growing this out and consulting with Kaempferia expert John Banta, I have determined it to be the plain green version of the species Kaempferia elegans, sometimes sold as "Emerald Ripple". Although the leaves do not have a pattern like other K. elegans cultivars ('Satin Checks" and 'Shazaam' for example) it has a simple beauty in its own right, with shimmering green rippled foliage and elegant lavendar flowers.

Like all Kaempferias, this plant is deciduous, and will naturally go dormant in the dry season in the tropics. This makes it suitable for growing in the southern US to about zone 8. So long as the ground does not freeze deep enough to affect the dormant rhizomes, and so long as the soil is not kept saturated in winter, it will resprout in spring. It prefers light shade and will tolerate full shade, in moist but well-drained organic soil. The plant grows just a few inches tall and will increase in a few years to make a nice patch.


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