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Alpinia zerumbet 'Variegata'

Alpinia zerumbet 'Variegata'
variegated shell ginger

Common name variegated shell ginger
Family zingiberaceae
Life cycle tender perennial (Z8-11)
Flowers white/pink
Size to 6'
Light light shade-full sun
Cultural notes moist, well-drained soil

Foliage plant native to India. Long leaves with irregular striped green-and-yellow variegation are this plant's main attraction. It grows reasonably upright, and can reach up to 6' tall and produce pink-tipped white flowers if its growth is not interrupted by a freeze. In areas that are not frost-free, it will die back but will return from the roots in zone 8. In our garden, even after two mild winters that didn't take out the top growth, it doesn't show any inclination to grow taller than two feet, so perhaps our variety is just a shorty.

Alpinia zerumbet 'Variegata'
Just planted
variegated shell ginger
Regrowing from its roots after top growth was killed by the Feb '21 megafreeze

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: waterfall pondside

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