Alpinia purpurata flower with new off-shoots growing from the bracts
Alpinia purpurata (Red Ginger)

Rarely sold in nurseries, yet very common in Colombian gardens and probably the most popular tropical cut flower. The inflorescent bracts provide color for weeks, and the white flowers are inconspicuous. The plant can bloom in full shade and poor soil. New stalks sprout from the rhizome and new growth emerges from the bracts, which can then be planted.

Red flower alpinia purpurata in Colombia
Alpinia purpurata flower in Barranquilla
Alpinia purpurata flower
Alpinia purpurata flower photographed during rainy night
One white flower surrounded by a red inflorescent bracts