Alpinia rugosa

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Alpinia (al-PIN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: rugosa (roo-GO-suh) (Info)



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


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:

Light Shade



Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring


Grown for foliage



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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


Dade City, Florida (2 reports)

Gainesville, Florida

Loxahatchee, Florida

Ainaloa, Hawaii

Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaii

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 25, 2011, DTinHI from Keaau, HI
United States wrote:

Just bought a 5-gal container of this gorgeous plant from Home Depot in Hilo, HI, for $19.95. It's HUGE and has 3 blooms on it right now, too - stems approx 3-ft high, maybe 30 of them with more shoots coming up. I'm putting it in a semi shade garden w/many other shade plants under some Norfolk Pines, but area gets maybe a half day of filtered sun, too, so we shall see. I'm hoping it will provide some of the shade for the lower-height plants there. Planted in mostly compost/mulch mix which does well here; excellent drainage bc we are on porous lava - we do get lots of rain - approx 120" a year. Surprised it's a ginger, but now that I look at it, I see that it certainly is. This makes me feel positive about it because gingers do so well here. Label says "bright filtered light." I could not ... read more


On Aug 11, 2010, casaclivia from Dade City, FL wrote:

Does not like the sun-- lots of light ; moist but not wet , mine outside in courtyard ; soil type miracle gro fortified topsoil seems just fine ( plus I use a lot of miracle gro liquid. ) , longest stem =39" ;longest leaf = 18" .28 F did not hurt it. Slow grower for me but a handsome cluster.paid $35 for 2 stems ., about 20"s long. He said ( plant sale at USF - an independent dealer ) it was from the mountains of Himalaya ???. I think it worth the money -- something new and different and beautiful foliage. St Leo ,Fla


On Nov 7, 2008, gothqueen from Gainesville, FL wrote:

I got this plant as a trade from a friend in South Florida who got it from a friend in Puerto Rico. After that I had the good fortune to encounter Dr. Tom Wood at a local plant sale where he had some. We were talking and I mentioned I had the rugosa, and he said that he was the person who had collected it and brought it into the USA. He told me that it is root hardy in the zone we live in (8B-9A) and that it will freeze to the ground and return like a Hedychium. I have not planted mine out yet but plan to divide some off next season and trial it out. This is one of the most interesting foliage gingers around, still pricey.