African Ginger Oil

African Ginger Oil

Siphonochilus aethiopicus

Local Names: Wild Ginger (Eng), Indungulo, isiphephetho (Zulu)
Order: Zingiberales     Family: Zingiberaceae
Habit: Veg - Root     Conservation Status: Endangered


Roots are high in minerals and vitamins B3 & B5. Highly sought-after medicinal plant on South African muti markets.




PLANT GROWTH

Life Cycle: Perennial
UG Stucture: Rhizome
Max Height: 0.40 m


Sun Preference: Dappled
Soil pH Preference:
Cold Tolerance: 10a (-1.1°C)
Drought Tolerance: Mesic


Needs well composted, evenly moist soil during active growth. Drier during the 3 or 4 months that it is dormant.

PROPAGATION & SEEDS

Days to Germinate: 0
Days to Harvest: 0


Propagated by dividing rhizome in Winter.



LEAVES & BARK

Lance shaped, light green leaves.



FRUIT & FLOWERS

Flowers in Spring (from October to February). Scented, short lived purple and yellow with white, trumpet-shaped flowers at ground level.


TOXICITY



PLANT USES

Anti Inflammatory
Arthritis
Digestive System
Nausea
Pain Relief


USEABLE PARTS

Root, Rhizome



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