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PlantFiles: Hardy Variegated Ginger
Alpinia intermedia 'Sunspice'

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

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:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

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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1 positive
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BayAreaTropics 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.


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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