This plant is seldom found in the trade. It came to this country either through Tim Chapman (pioneer ginger collector) or through some other import to Gainesville Tree Farm. It very likely is the plant that was once named in the genus Kaempferia, as it shares some similar characteristics to the plant offered as Kaempferia parviflora or sometimes (incorrectly) Kaempferia latiflorus. Like Kaempferia it is a short, shade-loving groundcover that goes dormant in the winter.
The foliage is especially pretty and it makes a beautiful ground cover when allowed to fill in. The real attraction is the purple backed foliage with the purplish midrib stripes but it also has very pretty flowers when seen up close.
Plant this little Stahlianthus in light shade in well drained woodland soil kept reasonably moist. I am not certain about hardiness, but it has been reliably hardy here in my zone 8B garden, and does not seem at all prone to rotting of the rhizomes during dormancy. I am fairly certain it would survive outdoors throughout zone 8, and maybe even colder. If in doubt, it is very easy to lift the rhizomes and store them in a drawer over winter.