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Perennials, Tropicals > Alpinia > Alpinia zerumbet > Alpinia zerumbet 'Variegata'

Alpinia zerumbet

'Variegata'


Variegated Shell Ginger




Origin:  Eastern Asia for the species.
Family
Zingiberaceae
Genus
Alpinia
Species
zerumbet
Cultivar
'Variegata'
Category
Perennials, Tropicals
Type
Shrub (evergreen)
USDA Hardiness Zone
8 - 10
Canadian Hardiness Zone
Requires cold season protection under glass.
RHS Hardiness Zone
H1c-H5
Temperature (°C)
-15 - 5
Temperature (°F)
5 - 41
Height
0.6 - 1.2 m
Spread
0.6 - 1.2 m
Photographs
Description and Growing Information
Flowering Period
JuneJulyAugust
General Description
Plant that grows in upright clumps that has a ginger-like aroma.
Cultivation
Prefers full sun to part shade with moist soil. Prune as needed to control size.
Growth
Medium
Flower/Leaf Bud Description
Flower buds resemble seashells.
Leaf Description
Lance-shaped, about 60 cm long and 13 cm wide.
Flower Description
Flowers are very fragrant but won’t grow until the second year. Unlike other ginger plants, flowers grow at the end of long stems instead of directly from plant rhizomes.
Colour Description
Flowers are white to pink, with yellow inside lips and red throat. Leaves are dark green with varied yellow stripes.
Texture Description
Flower buds are waxy.
Notable Specimens
Centennial Conservatory, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
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