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Alpinia henryi

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Alpinia henryi flower I have listed this plant under the name Alpinia henryi, because that is the name it is most widely known by in US horticulture. Technically, the correct name is Alpinia hainanensis, named after the south China island where it was found. The names Alpinia henryi, and also Alpinia katsumadae, are actually the same species under different names.

Alpinia henryi is sometimes called "Sweet Dragon" because it is the only Alpinia with fragrant flowers, but please do not expect them to have the same heave fragrance as the white butterfly ginger, Hedychium coronarium. It is much lighter and described in the Hardy Gingers book as "honey scented". It will not bloom (as with most Alpinias) if the foliage freezes back, but it is rated as root hardy at least to zone 8B. I suspect it may be hardier than that. The foliage has remained evergreen here in winters that the temperature only dropped into the mid twenties and it bloomed nicely for me the following spring.

The foliage is dark green and shiny, growing to 6 feet tall if it does not freeze back, and it makes a nice landscape plant. I have it growing in about 4 hours of direct sun in moist, but well drained organic soil.


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