Native ginger: Alpinia caerulea ‘Red Back’

This is native ginger, Alpinia caerulea ‘Red Back’, planted in an internal courtyard, doesn’t it look beautiful? It had been recently cleaned out and cut back as it was a bit too happy. It has naturally arching canes that form a vase like habit and can get a little burnt and ratty if left un-altered.

I think this  is a striking plant as it is used here planted on mass as the upper layer of foliage in an internal courtyard. This cultivar has a showy red underside to each leaf which gives it the cultivar name ‘Red Back’. The fruit of this plant was eaten by the Aborigines, it is a hot peppery taste also the young tips can be eaten and have a distinctive ginger flavour.

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