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Variegated Shell Ginger

Alpinia zerumbet 'Variegata'

Leafy, arching stems create a lush, tropical effect with boldly striped yellow and green foliage. Large, drooping clusters of white and pink shell-like flowers are sweetly fragrant. Works well in containers and can be used as an indoor specimen. An herbaceous perennial.
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Filtered sun, Partial sun

Water regularly to keep soil surface moist, but not soggy.


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Botanical Pronunciational-PIN-ee-uh ZER-um-bet var-ee-GAY-tuh
Average Size at MaturityQuickly forms foliage clumps 4 to 7 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleContemporary, Tropical
Growth HabitClumping
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Poolside, Water Garden
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Fast Growing
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsWater regularly to keep soil surface moist, but not soggy.
Companion PlantsBush Lily (Clivia); Japanese Aralia (Fatsia); Flowering Maple (Abutilon); Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Brunfelsia); Mirror Plant (Coprosma);

Provide well-drained soil, rich in organic matter. Will take full sun in mild climates; provide shade in hot summer climates. 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. Provide bright light if grown indoors.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11

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