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Alpinia zerumbet

This ornamental and medicinal Asian ginger has lush, large, dark-green leaves. Large plants will eventually bloom with a spectacular inflorescence of white and yellow flowers, reminiscent of orchids.

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This ornamental and medicinal Asian ginger has lush, large, dark-green leaves. Large plants will eventually bloom with a spectacular inflorescence of white and yellow flowers, reminiscent of orchids.

Iti can grow outdoors in warm mediterranean conditions as it takes some cold and it will not be bothered by short, light frosts. Nevertheless, a temperature above 5 C is recommended for optimal winter rest.

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Alpinia zerumbet for health

Prevents skin aging and skin diseases

This study revealed that the rhizome aqueous extract of A. zerumbet has strong antioxidant and skin diseases-related enzymes. Since isolated compounds from rhizome of A. zerumbet, 5,6-dehydrokawain was identified as a moderated potent inhibitor of antioxidant and skin diseases-related enzymes. It has probable applications in preventing the skin against photo-oxidation. However further researches are necessary to use it as a lead compounds in drug designing.

Alpinia zerumbet and its Healing Properties

(Excerpt from Natural Society. ) "Also known as light galanga, pink porcelain lily, shell flower, shell ginger, variegated ginger, butterfly ginger, yàn shanjiang in Chinese, getto in Japanese, and Sannin in the local dialect of Okinawa, the leaves and the extracted oils of the plant have long been used in Asia to relieve fevers and malaria, as well as to serve as a general health tonic. It is also used in South and Central America as a diuretic, antihypertensive, and antiulcerogenic.  Okinawa, Japan, whose population is frequently cited as ‘the healthiest on earth,’ boasts an impressively low incidence of cardiovascular disease, stroke and cancer. Here, the leaves of Alpinia Zerumbet are consumed regularly, very commonly used to wrap rice dumplings and decocted into teas. As is true of many traditional medicines, most of the people who consume Sannin have not researched or intensively studied the plant, but are somewhat aware of its general benefits, as a part of their culture.  Now, modern research has confirmed hypotensive and antioxidant activity in the leaves and rhizomes and extracts of the plant. It all comes together to show its potential benefits for diabetics, patients with atherosclerosis, and a wide range of skin diseases.  ..."

The picture of the bloming plant is from wikimedia commons: De Tatiana Gerus from Brisbane, Australia - Pink porcelain lily, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8592717
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Plant origin Asia
Presentation Bare root
Max. Size 100cm-150cm
Botanical family Zingiberaceae
Minimum winter temperature -5 ºC to 5 ºC
Flowering Season Warmer Months
Plant type Herbaceous
Care Pot
Shape Perennials
All the orders that we will receive during the month of December 2017 we will process and ship around January 10, 2018.