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Alpinia zerumbet "Yu Hwa Ginger"

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Alpinia zerumbet 'Variegated Chinese Beauty' This is a form of the ubiquitous Alpinia zerumbet, or "shell ginger" that the Chinese call "Yu Hwa" ginger, which means "rain splashed". Look at the picture to the right, and I am sure you will see why. It has a much softer look than the common variegated shell ginger. I have only seen it listed in one mail order site where it is called "Variegated Chinese Beauty", and a beauty it is. The foliage grows a little shorter than the standard Alpinia zerumbet, to maybe 6 ft tall, and it has similar shell-like flowers.

It is reported to be root hardy to zone 7B, but just like the species, but this Alpinia will only flower on second year growth, so don't expect flowers if you are in an area where the foliage will freeze back. Fortunately it can stay evergreen down to the upper twenties like its more garish variegated cousin that is commonly sold in big lot stores. The picture of the flowers below were taken after one of Tallahassee's zone 8-B milder winters.

Flowers or no flowers, it is a beautiful plant that will give a tropical look to your garden in part sun to nearly full sun if the soil is kept moist. It should be grown in rich, moist organic soil, but not kept too wet during winter dormancy.


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