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amomum subulatum aromaticum black cardamom seed plant   Black Cardamom (Bengal Cardamom, Winged Cardamom, Indian Cardamom) -  Amomum subulatum (syn. Amomum aromaticum)

Amomum is an herbaceous plant native to the East Indies and parts of China, a member of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. The plant is cultivated in sub tropical climates and is used to produce black cardamom, obtained from the dried seed pods.  It makes a lovely and useful potted plant and is often used   It should not be confused with green cardamom (or true cardamon) from the Elettaria cardamomum plant.

Amomum is best grown in a rich well drained moist soil and is suited for container culture.  The plant spreads by forming rhizomes which produce bright green lanceolate leaves to a height of about 36 inches.  Creamy white blooms appear in dense clumps and are used as filler material for arrangements.  Blooms are followed by seed pods.

Amomum is propagated by division of rhizomes or by sowing seed.  Seed should be sown in pots or trays and kept moist, but not soggy until germination.  Transplant seedlings when they reach about 2 inches in height to containers.  Transplant to successively larger containers as necessary. 

Seeds are dried traditionally by roasting over a fire and are  used to flavor meats and stews.  They can be cooked whole in the dish and removed prior to serving, or ground.  They are a staple ingredient in Chinese Shechuan cooking.

Hardy to 35 °F (1.7C)    Height: 36 inches   Spread: 36 inches.

#5926    Seed Packet  $7.50   Approximately 50 seeds
#Bc-5926    Bulk seed   100 seeds   $15.50
#Bm-5926    Bulk seed   1000 seeds   $45.50


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