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Alpinia nutans

23rd January 2006

This is possibly Alpinia nutans - it grows in a few gardens to the west of me but doesn't flower out of doors.

I got it as a Cardamon, which it certainly isn't. Elettaria cardamomum has the same heavily pungent foliage, but it is not at all cold tolerant.

This one will take a fairly sharp frost, and if the top growth gets damaged, new shoots spring from the rootstock fairly enthusiastically.

23rd January 2006

Somewhere along the way I lost it, we have had a few sharp winters since 2006. I was pleased to be able to replace it with this plant, also being offered as Elettaria cardamomum.