Ginger, Rare Blue (Dichorisandra thyrsiflora)

Ginger, Rare Blue (Dichorisandra thyrsiflora)

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A RARE ginger that... blue all of our minds!

The Blue Ginger (or Black Ginger) may have an unassuming neutral brown exterior, but once you slice into its unique rhizome stem, the flesh reveals a blue-black set of vibrant hue rings. Biting in, your taste buds are met with pungent, earthy spice and camphor-like aromatic notes. 

Native to northeastern and central India, Blue Ginger is loved globally and has special significance for tribal pujas (celebrations) around the time of the Indian New Year. The root can be used and grown similarly to its yellow/orange traditional turmeric cousin and bears similar nutritional properties.

Plant Type:
Rhizomatous Perennial Herb

Harvest Season: 
Turmeric: Late Summer - early Winter or after 8-10 months of planting.

Mature Size: 
Turmeric: Up to about 3 ft. tall
Ginger: Up to 3 ft. tall
Lesser Galangal: Up to 6 ft. tall
Greater Galangal: Up to 10 ft. tall

Soil & Moisture: 
Loose, nutrient-rich, well-draining soil. Water in the Spring and Summer. Do not water when dormant.

Light Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Shade, Shade

Self-Fertile:
Yes

Growth Rate:

Medium for Turmeric and Ginger: capable of harvest after 8-10 months.

Slow for Lesser Galangal: best after 2 years of growth.

Zone Hardiness:
Outdoors 8-11 (frost protection until established); Patio/Greenhouse 4+


Propagation:
Our Root Plants are grown from division and tissue culture and are capable of harvest within growing season. 

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