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SOLVED: potted plant from big box store last winter

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

This striking plant was one of many on clearanc e last winter at the big box store. Should be common but i did not find it in plantfiles under ginger which i sure thought it was. Can someone please help?

Thumbnail by sallyg
Seattle, WA

Costus speciosus?

Dublin, CA(Zone 9a)

Maybe a variegated cultivar of Alpinia zerumbet?

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

Oh geez sorry my pic is sideways! Alpinia sounds pretty good.

Beautiful, BC(Zone 8b)

I agree with ecrane3. This photo looks identical. Nice catch Sallyg.

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

Thanks much for the ID. I had no idea there were so many gingers. I looked at the Costus, but the Alpinia appears to be a much more commonly used plant in US so that also reinforces the ID, to me.
There are two pots in my picture. In the foreground(right ground??) is about the size I picked up for $2. A little cold damage. I felt sure it was basically OK and would be shareable in a year. Now that I think about that, it grew nicely. I hope it blooms next year.

Avon Park, FL(Zone 9a)

I had one of these growing like weed. Local nursery identified it as variegated ginger, I have no idea what the botanical name would be.

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

backtobasixmom- I'd say use the link above given by ecrane, and call this a Variegated Shell Ginger, Alpinia zerumbet

Beautiful, BC(Zone 8b)

Forgot to add the link I mentioned above:

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

Yes growin, it's a match!

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