Native to tropical Asia, this small shrub grows up to 2-5 ft and is known for its fragrant pink or white flowers.
Kaempferia galanga is an ethnomedical plant found in many regions of Southeast Asia, used for its nutritional and medicinal properties. The sand ginger shrub prefers to thrive in warm, moist climates, in regions such as USDA Zones 8 to 11. This plant enjoys partial to full shade, so it is not recommended for full-sun locations. When supplying light to the shrub, it is best to provide it with bright indirect sunlight. For growing Kaempferia galanga in colder regions, it is suggested to keep it as a houseplant in a pot that can be moved indoors and placed in front of a window. Moderately moist soil will keep the plant growing and blooming well. Water the plant when the top inch of the soil feels dry; during dry periods, increase waterings to keep the soil moist.
In terms of feeding, this plant benefits from occasional feeding with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. When applying fertilizer, dilute the solution with at least half the recommended amount and apply it every 2-4 weeks during the summer. During the winter, reduce feedings or stop them altogether. As far as temperature is concerned, it is best to keep the plant in temperatures between 65-85F (18-29C). Use of a humidity tray and misting around the plants can help in providing the necessary moisture for the Kaempferia galanga.
The sand ginger shrub is a delightful addition to any garden, and it can be a useful herb for cooking and medicinal purposes. With proper care, this beautiful plant will blossom in any garden, providing lovely pink and white blooms that will fill your garden with a sweet fragrance.