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Blue Fruited Ginger

Alpinia caerulea

a.k.a. Native Ginger, Australian Blue Ginger

Blue fruited relative of shell ginger. Fruits are alledgedly edible and have a lemon-like flavor.

Seed Availability

Seeds are not available for the Blue Fruited Ginger. Please visit our seed store to view current selections. Seeds were last available in January 2015.


Herbaceous shrub to 1-4ft.


Plants are hardy to short frosts, but will re-grow from roots if temperatures drop below freezing.

Growing Environment

Plants grow well in tropical and subtropical climates, and like moist conditions, but will grow fine in arid climates with supplemental water. Grow in shade or part shade.


By seeds.


Usually grown as an ornamental for its pretty flowers and blue colored fruit. This species is also grown for its edible qualities, both fruits, and young shoot tips are edible.

Native Range

Native to Australia.

Related Species

Alpinia caerulea
Blue Fruited Ginger
Alpinia zerumbet
Shell Ginger
Elettaria cardamomum