Genus of evergreen, perennial herbs, native to tropical areas in Asia and the Pacific. The rhizome smells similar to that of ginger root. They grow in partial shade, in fertile, humus-rich, moist soils.
Latin name: Alpinia zerumbet
Propagated by division.
No disease problems.
Evergreen herbaceous perennial with large green leaves and drooping clusters of fragrant white flowers in summer.