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Variegated Ginger, Variegated Shellflower

Variegated Ginger, Variegated Shellflower

Alpinia zerumbet ‘variegata’

  • Common Name:  Variegated Ginger, Variegated Shell Flower
  • Scientific Name:  Alpinia zerumbet ‘variegata’
  • Family Name:  Zingberaceae
  • Origin:  Eastern Asia
  • Height:  4’ to 8’
  • Width:  5’ to 8’
  • Growth:  Moderate
  • Zone:  9 - 11
  • Light Needs:  Sun or shade
  • Salt Tolerance:  Poor
  • Soil/PH/Texture:  Acidic
  • Soil Moisture:  Moist, well drained.
  • Drought Tolerance:  Moderate
  • Pests/Diseases:  No serious pests.
  • Growing Conditions: Low maintenance.
  • Characteristics:  Leaves are 18 to 24 inches long and have a distinct, spicy fragrance. White flowers of this variegated ginger are borne in drooping clusters toward the stem ends.
  • Propagation: Underground stems.
  • Wildlife:  None.
  • Facts:  As a houseplant, variegated shell ginger needs bright light and does best in humid conditions.
  • Designer Considerations:  Perennial.  Foliage and shell-like flowers good for cut flower, specimen, border, mass plantings, containers. 


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