A long curving red spike inflorescence with new off-shoots growing from the bracts
Alpinia purpurata (Red Ginger)

Very common in Colombian gardens, yet rarely sold in nurseries, probably the most popular tropical cut flower from Colombia. The inflorescent bracts provide color for weeks, 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. Cultivated below 5,000 feet. Photographed in Barranquilla and the Valley of Cacua.

Under sunlight one white flower surrounded by a red inflorescent bracts
A long cluster of red ginger plants covered with red inflorescences
Curving bright red inflorescences
A curving upright red inflorescence in dappled sunlight
Straight upright red inflorescence spike in sunlight
A straight upright red inflorescence
Under shade one white flower poking out of red inflorescent bracts