Ethnobotanical Dictionary
Blue ginger

Dichorisandra thyrsiflora

The dichorisandra is originally from Brazil. In La Palomera there is one plant in Mrs. Carmen’s house, which her husband brought her from his other house in El Hatillo. Carmen calls it "Nazareno" which is another name by which it is also known. The plant is herbaceous and grows erect from 1 to 1.50 m. high. The leaves have a bright dark green color, humid at the apex and narrow at the base, measuring 15 to 25cm. in length by about 5 cm. in width. The flowers create dense clusters of dark blue or dark purple petals. Propagation occurs by stem cuttings or seeds. It prefers cool, semi shaded environments with good soil and abundant irrigation.

Applications:

It is used as an ornamental plant in gardens and parks.

Dichorisandra thyrsiflora