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Chinese Keys flowerBotanical Name: Boesenbergia rotunda

A tropical perennial growing to 50 - 70cm high. Leaves die back in frost. It is the fat swollen roots that are sought after in this species and not the rhizome. The succulent roots are used to flavour many kinds of food either added raw or cooked. They are also sold in a pickled form in Indonesia & Thailand. Young leaves & shoots are also eaten. Formerly listed as Boesenbergia panduratum.

Other Names: Kunci (Indo), Kra chaai (Thai) Boesenbergia panduratum
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$12.90 15 Rhizome Medium

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Plant Information or Specifications

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Perennial Vegetables (#PerennialVegetables)

Preferred Climate

Tropical, Subtropical
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)


Plants required to Pollinate

1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?


Amount of leaves in Winter?

No Leaves (Deciduous)

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Suitability in Pots


Water Requirements

Moderate Watering

Fruiting/Harvest Months

July, August, September



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