• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water often to keep soil surface moist, but not soggy.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Quickly forms foliage clumps 4 to 7 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:al-PIN-ee-uh ZER-um-bet
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Sunset climate zones:14 - 24
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Quickly forms foliage clumps 4 to 7 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Garden styleTropical
    Companion PlantsBush Lily (Clivia); Japanese Aralia (Fatsia); Flowering Maple (Abutilon); Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Brunfelsia); Mirror Plant (Coprosma);
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide well-drained soil, rich in organic matter. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established water as needed to maintain consistently moist but not soggy soil. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Water often to keep soil surface moist, but not soggy.