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PlantFiles: 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

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

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

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

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

Positive DebinSC 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 Suze_ 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"


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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