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PlantFiles: Japanese Ginger
Alpinia japonica

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Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Alpinia (al-PIN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: japonica (juh-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)

Category:
Perennials
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Red
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

Profile:

No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral Suze_ On Jan 20, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

The central stalks arch upward from a compact rhizome. Each stalk is adorned with 16" long x 2.5" wide, fragrant green leaves. The terminal spikes of white flowers with dramatic red striping occur atop the plant in late spring.



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