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Shell Ginger

Alpinia zerumbet  • 

Photo: Shell Ginger

Photo: Shell Ginger
Photo: Shell Ginger
Photo: Shell Ginger

Native to eastern Asia, this plant is a rhizomatous, evergreen tropical perennial that grows in upright clumps 8 to 10 ft (2.4 to 3.0 m) tall in tropical climates. It bears funnel-formed flowers. Flowers have white or pink perianths with yellow labella with red spots and stripes.[3] There are three stamens, but only one has pollen. There is one pistil. The fruit is globose with many striations. In more typical conditions, it reaches 4 to 8 ft (1.2 to 2.4 m) feet tall in the green house, and 3 to 4 ft (0.91 to 1.22 m) feet tall, as a house plant.

Alpinia zerumbet is called a "shell ginger" or "shell flower" most commonly, because its individual pink flowers, especially when in bud, resemble sea shells.

Properties

Height
1 - 280 cm
Color
Soil type
Loam
Sunlight
Partial shade
Moisture
Moist but well-drained