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Shell Ginger

Shell Ginger

Alpinia zerumbet

  • Common Name: Shell Ginger
  • Scientific Name: Alpinia zerumbet
  • Family Name: Zingberaceae
  • Origin:  Native to North America
  • Height:  4’ to 8’
  • Width:  5’ to 8’
  • Growth:  Moderate
  • Zone:  9 - 11
  • Light Needs:  Part shade
  • Salt Tolerance:  Poor
  • Soil/PH/Texture:  Acidic, alkaline, sandy
  • Soil Moisture:  Moist, well drained
  • Drought Tolerance:  Moderate
  • Pests/Diseases: None
  • Growing Conditions: Low maintenance.
  • Characteristics: Leaves are variegated 18” to 24” long with a distinct spicy fragrance.  White flowers appear throughout the year. 
  • Propagation: Through underground stems, rhizome clumps.
  • Wildlife: None.
  • Facts:  In cold areas, the stems will freeze to the ground, but new shoots will reemerge in the spring.
  • Designer Considerations: Cut flowers, specimen, border, mass plantings, accent, containers. ​