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Its leafstalks are tall and can reach a height of 13 to 14 ft, growing from underground rhizomes. The torches itself, about 3 ft, also emerge from the ground on a long stalk. The flowerheads are eaten raw in Malaysia, before the bracts begin to open. The Torch ginger likes full sun or light shade and rich, well drained soil, with plenty of water and protection from strong winds.
A beautiful compact plant with attractive foliage producing tulip-shaped deep maroon flowers on basal stems.
Great landscaping plant.
Attractive in the garden and as an exotic and long lasting cut flower.
Species of Etlingera are widely used for many different purposes. A common use of the Etlingera is to pull out and eat the inner sheathes of the leafy shoots of some species. The aromatic sweet and sour fruits of the Etlingera are also commonly eaten. Several species are used as medicines and as ingredients in local perfumes.