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Shell Ginger
Scientific Name: Alpinia zerumbet (Pers.) B.L. Burtt & R.M. Sm.
Synonym: Alpinia nutans, Alpinia speciosa
Family: Zingiberaceae
Shell Ginger (Alpinia  zerumbet)
Shell ginger at the NYBG
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 14-29
USDA: 10-12

Frost Tolerance: Greenhouse plant in Phoenix in winter

Heat Tolerance: All right with shade and moisture

Sun Exposure: Light shade, or morning sun

Origin: China and Japan

Growth Habits: Up to 8 feet tall (2.4 m), clump forming

Watering Needs: Abundant water, keep in a humid area of the garden in moist soil. Needs high humidity

Propagation: Well rooted divisions or seeds

The rhizomes of the Alpinia are ginger-scented.

Cultural Practices:
Use regular application of palm fertilizer (every 2 weeks in summer). The shell ginger likes a slightly acid soil. Every other year trim to ground to prevent legginess.

Blooming Habits:
The shell ginger has tubular flowers in droopy clusters. The flowers come mostly in summer

Fruiting Habits:

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