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Wild ginger (Asarum canadense) is a perennial ground cover that has attractive heart-shaped leaves. The Ginger is a slow growing plant, so it is great for plants with a lot of other flowers or ground covers. This slow grower likes lots of shade as well. A little bit of sun can be expressed but not more than a few hours a day. The plant only reaches about 6 inches in height. The Wild Ginger plant ships bare root year round. They grow well in zones 4-8.The ants deliver the seed back to their colony where they will eat the fleshy nodules and discard the actual seed, which is then left to grow in the nutrient-rich plant waste underground. While it is not to be confused with the more common type of ginger that is used to season food, there are still some recipes that call for using wild ginger as a spice substitute.
Kencur is a rare, tropical, low growing perennial in the ginger family with very pretty white and purple flowers. It has tuberous roots and rounded green spreading leaves. It is used in Indonesian, Malaysian and Chinese cooking. Fresh rhizomes and young shoots are pickled, or eaten raw or cooked as vegetables. The roots are pounded to make an essential ingredient of Indonesian satay sauce. In Malaysian and Thai cooking the roots and leaves are used in curry paste for fish and the young leaves are eaten raw as a vegetable. It grows well in the tropics and subtropics; in temperate areas it would need to be grown in a glasshouse.Turmeric 'Madras' is a deep orange, excellent quality, culinary turmeric. A shade-loving hardy, perennial herb with a beautiful white flower spike. The root can be used fresh like ginger or dried and ground for curry powder. It has long been used in both Chinese and Indian medicine; recent research has shown that it is beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions. Turmeric was traditionally called Indian saffron and it is also used as a textile dye. Suitable for warm temperate to tropical areas. More info on growing turmeric...
About Plant- Red Button Ginger (Costus woodsonii) makes a bold addition to the garden. Learn to grow and care for this herbaceous evergreen and watch its glossy, green, oval-shaped foliage spiral around proud, upright stems. Also called Indian Head Ginger, Spiral Ginger, Red Cane Ginger, or Scarlet Spiral Flag, bright ruby red spiky cones produce orange flag-like flowers, each less than one inch in size, with a barely visible lower yellow lip.Fill a container with fertile potting soil, lay the rhizome on its side, cover it with half an inch of potting soil. Keep it moist and warm, and it will quickly begin to grow. Culinary ginger (Zingiber officinale) likes a lot of light. Almost, but not quite full sun is best. When the rhizome is just starting to grow, use a fertilizer with higher nitrogen to promote vegetative growth. Around the middle of the season, switch to a more balanced fertilizer. Higher levels of phosphorus cause the rhizomes to swell and become thick and juicy. A lack of phosphorus is what leads to skinny little rhizomes. When the weather begins to cool, the pseudostems will start to turn brown, and that is when I harvest the rhizomes. (Source: buyraretropicalplants.com)