Alpinia purpurata

Syn. Guillainia purpurata

Red ginger, Jungle king


One of the most famous tropical flowers



Alpinia rouge, lavann wouj, red ginger, cone Ginger, Jungle king, opuhi uteute, Tahitian Ginger, Ostrich Plume, gengibre rojo, red ginger Lily, alpinie, galanga d’Inde, galanga, …

Autres cultivars : Alpinia blanc, alpinia rose, alpinia fushia, alpinia double,  …








New Caledonia and Moluccas




Tropical rhizomatous and perennial flower of gingembre family.

Leafy, cane-like stems arise from rhizomes to form a plant 3–15 feet tall and 2–4 feet wide.

A stem’s single inflorescence can be up to about 12 inches long!

This is a ginger with deep pink, red or white spikes of flowers, small white flowers emerge rarely from the bracts of the spike.

It has larger shiny green oblong leaves and very small and rare seeds.


Also, it blooms year round and the rhizomes and stalks are aromatic.




Cultivated and wild (altitud à-800m)



Division of Rhizoms


Culture and care

Alpinia purpurata grows best in fertile, organically rich, moist and well drained soil.

It can be planted in full sun to shade and is not tolerant of temperatures below 50°F.


At 41°F or less, the foliage and inflorescences die. The plant will rebirth with the warm day from his rhizomes, don't forget to put chopped straw at his feet.





- Medicinal use




- Ornemental use



Can be planted as a single plant, edges or in a massif.


- Alimentary use




- Other uses


Tropical cut flower




The name Alpinia comes from Prosper Alpino, italian botanist and purpurata, from latin « purpuratus », purplish weard.