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Alpinia zerumbet 'Variegata' /Variegated Shell Ginger

Alpinia zerumbet 'Variegata'   / Alpinia zerumbet 'Variegata'
Striking, yellow and green variegated foliage
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Striking, yellow and green variegated foliage


Planting in mid summer

Heavy planting in a protected planter from winter freezes

Heavy clump that did not freeze the previous winter

Floral spike on a mature clump of the variegated shell ginger

Two year old plants in full flower. Foliage did not freeze previous winter

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Scientific Name: Alpinia zerumbet 'Variegata'
Common Name: Variegated Shell Ginger
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: White, Multicolored
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Yellow
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants with Fragrance
Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Variegated Plants
Comments: A very striking ginger that is probably over planted. Will not flower following winter kill of the foliage to the ground. Makes an excellent foliage for floral arrangements. Plants cannot tolerate hard freezes. Is a high contrast specimen in nearly any planting combination because of the bright yellow color in the variegated foliage.