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Alpinia formosana

Type: Rhizome

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Alpinia formosana - flowers Alpinia formosa is called the "pinstripe ginger" because of the pattern on the foliage. It is a really striking plant for the garden even if it never blooms. When it does bloom, it produces red and white "shell" flowers, typical of Alpinias, except they are upright instead of drooping as in Alpinia zerumbet. Like most other Alpinias, it blooms on second year growth, so will not bloom in a year that the foliage freezes back. It will withstand a light frost with minimal damage to the foliage, and is root hardy according to most sources to zone 7B.

In my garden it grows to 5 ft. tall. I grow it in about 4 hours direct sun in rich, moist, organic soil. I have read that it will grow even in full sun if the soil is kept moist.


Alpinia formosana at Leu Gardens, Orlando Alpinia formosana - foliage

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