K is for Kaempferia rotunda

I am writing about herbs in the 2016 April AtoZ blogging challenge. Most of the herbs written in this series are those I have seen or used. I have seen this K herb only once as part of a botanical study tour. I am told the flowers are just as stunning in the wild too.

My K herb is Kaempferia rotunda also known as Bhui Chafa in Marathi or Indian Crocus. The blossoms emerge from the ground before the leaves appear which may explain its local name. Its bulbs remain dormant throughout winter and flowers arise one or two at a time, lasting only for a couple of days. If you are amazed with the flowers, then hold on, because its leaves are said to be stunning. The leaf front is green with silvery marks and is purple on the back. Kaempferia rotunda belongs to the Zingiberaceae family and is a native. As I was on a botanical study tour, identification was not an issue! 


Indian crocus, Bhui champa, peacock ginger

This is one herb I will be looking out for, and I am sure you will too.
Happy herb spotting!

22 Replies to “K is for Kaempferia rotunda”

  1. Would like to know does this Kaempferia have any medicinal significance? Thanks for sharing.
    @KalaRavi16 from

  2. A general Google search did throw up articles discussing medicinal properties of this plant. However I have no knowledge of this field and it would be better to consult an expert. Thanks Kala! So glad to meet you here daily πŸ™‚

  3. Very beautiful. You've posted some new and interesting plants!
    Trisha Faye

  4. Such a beautiful herb πŸ™‚ Wow.. You're learning botany… πŸ™‚
    @TirelessReader from

  5. It is pretty! Herbs are a great theme for the A/Z challenge πŸ™‚

    enjoy the rest of it!


  6. That's beautiful πŸ™‚
    Had it not been for your posts I would have never noticed such beautiful herbs. Though I don't live in the same are as you but still your series has taught me to look around for such herbs in my surroundings.

    @theerailivedin from The Era I Lived In

  7. Oh, thank God I finally found your blog again. I remember I liked it in the theme reveal but then forgot which it was. πŸ˜€ I hope I'll have the time to read the older posts. So informative and beautiful!

    Rian from
    Rian’s Randomness

  8. @Shalini – yes, learning botany at this stage of my life! its great as I dont have to give any exams!! πŸ˜‰

  9. @ My Era – That's great! Do share the flowers and trees that catch your attention! Thank you for the kind words! πŸ™‚

  10. @riandurants – Your words made my day! thank you so much. You can follow the blog or follow me on Twitter so you get updates! πŸ™‚

  11. wonderful flower. who will not feel like having in his garden. let us explore the source and inform all on this sight. thks for for posting keep learning post such another flowers

    anand patil

    april 23 2017

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