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Kaempferia parviflora

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Kaempferia parviflora This unusual Kaempferia has been sold for several years at Gainesville Tree Farm under the incorrect name of Kaempferia latifolia. It is sometimes also listed as K. latiflora. The original plant was brought to this country from Thailand by ginger pioneer Tim Chapman.

When I attended the Third Symposium on Zingiberaceae in 2002 in Khon Kaen, Thailand, I learned that the price of this ginger has sky rocketed in the markets in Bangkok. The rhizome is considered an aphrodisiac or Viagra substitute, and is being exported to the west for use in herbal remedies. I must confess I have not tried using it myself, although I have been tempted.

The foliage is upright like K. rotunda, with broad leaves, medium green on the upper sides and a slight purplish tint to the undersides. It grows to about 12-15 inches tall. The flowers are tiny white with purple throats, and much like Stahlianthus in general appearance. They appear at the base of the foliage in early spring.

Hardiness has been rated to zone 8, but I suspect that is stretching it a bit with this plant. I have grown it several years outdoors over winter here in zone 8-B Tallahassee and it has returned every year with no problem. It should be planted in filtered shade and in woodland soil.

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