Mioga Ginger. A treasured food crop in Japan where the new shoots are prized as a vegetable and the flower buds are considered a delicacy. This clumps up quickly in rich moist soil in shade and produces exotic Iris-like creamy white flowers at ground level in late summer and fall.
A collection of this prized Asian culinary species from the Korean island of Jejudo which used to be Cheju or Cheju-do. This is a true Ginger but in the case, it is the deep yellow flower buds that are eaten which open to lilac-pink flowers held at ground level. The corn-like leaves get about 3' tall and this is hardy to zone 6 and even zone 5.
From Guangxi where in the autumn, the 30" pseudostems with their broad sword-like leaves had fallen to the ground exposing the bright red starfish open fruit capsules nested in the dark earth. The flowers would have been sitting right at ground level like little orchids either pink or yellowish. This looks close to mioga but there are 43 Zingiber species in China which has slowed the ID work to a crawl.
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