Hardy Variegated Ginger 'Sunspice'

Alpinia intermedia

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Alpinia (al-PIN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: intermedia (in-ter-MEE-dee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sunspice
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


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Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

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Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

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

Enterprise, Alabama

Millbrook, Alabama

Hayward, California

Lecanto, Florida

North Port, Florida

Austin, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 22, 2015, goldenshower from Rosario
Argentina wrote:

I have inherited this plant from mother, who inherited it from an aunt.
It needs to be watered at least twice a week in winter. I live in Rosario, Argentna. There are some frosts, not every year, but temperatures are not too low in winter.It's hot and wet in summer, when it needs more watering


On Mar 18, 2015, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

This plant would be easy to grow if it didn't need an exceptional amount of water. It will wilt fast no matter how large the clump here in California is. Gophers will eat it. A warning.
Some of the positives is that its evergreen and totally cold hardy. Never shows a sign of winter no matter how cold it gets here.

It would be best preserved and kept alive in a pot if you don't have a jungle garden or you have gophers.

If you are in a wet climate-- this is a beauty. Exotic and dwarf compare to most Alpinia's.