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Alpinia nutans

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Alpinia nutans flower Alpinia nutans is not a very showy plant, but it is easy and reliable. It can make a very nice groundcover in partial shade, but seems to be quite variable in height. My plants have grown to just 2 1/2 ft tall, but I have seen it as tall as 6 feet. It rarely blooms, and I have only had it flower here one year and seen it in flower once elsewhere - at Huntington Gardens in California. Alpinias generally bloom on second year growth, so although it is reliably root hardy to zone 8, do not expect flowers unless you are in a frost free area.

The foliage of Alpinia nutans is evergreen in areas that do not have a hard freeze. It has a very distinctive "cardamom" fragrance when brushed or rubbed, but this is NOT the plant that produces the spice by that name.

Grow it in shade to part sun, in moist but well drained organic soil.


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