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Red Bamboo Ginger

Alpinia luteocarpa

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Alpinia (al-PIN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: luteocarpa (loo-tee-uh-KAR-puh) (Info)


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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

Seaside, California

Summerland Key, Florida

Hawi, Hawaii

Mililani, Hawaii

Wahiawa, Hawaii

Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 23, 2014, aegisprncs from Key West, FL (Zone 11) wrote:

I have a new plant and am wondering if it's edible as well. It is a pot and does like regular watering.


On Jul 18, 2010, mahina from Hawi, HI wrote:

the "red"in the name refers to the underside of the leaves--they're actually a dark purple-red color below and medium green above. very pretty. i have had this plant in three places in my garden, but it was scrubby and unhappy until i potted it and kept it moist. i've had it about 4 years and no flowers yet (only about a year in its new happy setting). i have read that the "luteocarpa" in the name refers to a yellow fruit which forms behind the spent blooms. don't know if it's edible. the leaves do not smell gingery like other alpinias when crushed, but they do have a mild, fruity fragrance. where i now have it, and where it's happiest so far, is in filtered shade in a mossy clay pot, nestled among other damp greenery. quite striking with it's dark reverse, but not terrifically showy.