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.