Of wide distribution in tropical Asia, this tall-growing species has
short elliptic leaves running in a conspicuous spiral up the slender
cane-like stems that are themselves gently twisted into a spiral,
and up to 8 ft (2.4 m) tall.
The large flowerheads consist of tightly overlapping green bracts
tinged reddish, and white, sometimes pinkish flowers with yellow
centers and petals like silky crepe, emerging one or two at a time
over much of the year.
Flowering colors: Green, Pink, Red, White, Yellow
Cultivation: Grow in humus-rich soil in a well-lit position, but not
direct sunlight. Propagate by division or from seed.
Plants grown indoors may be bothered by red spider mite.
Medical use :Rhizome serves as expectorant, contraception, laxative,
diuretic, stimulant and aphrodisiac.Stem as poultice for fever and
small pox.Use for hair washing. Low energy; rashes and sweaty skin.
Rhizome decoction/drink as antipruritic.