This is that wonderful spice we love, ginger. It comes from the root of this very interesting flower. The little flowers on the side will actually come in and out of the main flower, it comes out in the morning and goes back in at night. Some people refer to them as maracas. The more they grow the more red the main flower becomes, it starts off very yellow and changes with time. I would love to find some and plant in my yard now. Then I could have my own ginger to grind up for baking. I think the husband would like that.