Dwarf Cardamom / Shellflower
Alpinia nutans
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Item code:
136406P

Benefit from growing this small, ginger plant in your garden. The Dwarf Cardamom has a thick clumping habit that makes it ideal for borders or under storey planting. It produces foliage that has a distinctive cardamom fragrance when it is handled. In some cultures, people use this plant in various medicinal ways to treat hypertension, as a diuretic, as an antifungal, for ulcers and as a food preservatives. It is also used as an indoor plant for its white, shell shaped flowers. It likes a moist well drained soil that is rich in organic matter.

Size — 200mm
Growth Width — 1.5m
Growth Height — 1.5m
Fragrant
Flower Colour — White
Light Requirements — Full sun, Part Shade
Soil Requirements — Well drained soil
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Planting Advice

Cultivate the soil before planting. Dig a hole that is twice as wide and deep as the container. Remove the plant from the container and place it in the hole, so that the soil level of the plant is the same as the surrounding soil. Fill the hole with soil, tamp down firmly, and water well, even if the soil is moist.

Watering needs

This plant likes a moist position and requires moderate watering.

Pruning Advice

Prune this plant to ground level if it is frost damaged or untidy, as it grows from an underground rhizome.