Japanese Ginger
Alpinia japonica 'Extra Spicy'

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

Category:

Perennials

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 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

Variegated

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Coto De Caza, California

Hayward, California

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Saint Helena Island, South Carolina

Summerville, South Carolina

Iola, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
2
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Jun 11, 2012, Jemm from Richmond, TX wrote:

Is this plant edible? Can you use the root for ginger?

Positive

On Jul 8, 2008, DebinSC from Georgetown, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a lovely alpinia, but in my case, the variegation faded significantly after it's 2nd winter. I don't know why this happened but it's still a very pretty shape. It gets some direct late-morning sun, which may have something to do with the paler leaves. I'm giving it a positive because it is very hardy and comes back larger each spring. I'm in zone 8a.
It began blooming it's 2nd spring and has put our more blooms each season.

Neutral

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

Plant Delights offers this description:

"This wonderful Japanese selection of the hardy A. japonica makes an eye-catching addition to the woodland garden. The upright glossy green 1' long fragrant leaves are heavily splashed with creamy white. Occasionally, the clumps will throw an all-green division, which is more vigorous and should be removed. In spring, the clumps are topped with white flowers with red stripes on terminal spikes"