Buy Alpinia zerumbet 'Variegata' - 2Ltr £10.99
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Tender - will tolerate no frost or prolonged cold. Over-winter in heated greenhouse or conservatory.
Variegated shell ginger)
Originating from tropical areas of India, China and Australia
A tender, upright, evergreen rhizomatous perennial of the Ginger family with leathery, oblong leaves up to 40cm long, variegated with irregular bands and stripes of cream and yellow. One of the most striking of all variegated plants.
In its native habitat it produces pendant racemes of fragrant pink/white flowers but these are rarely seen in cultivation in the UK unless grown in a very warm greenhouse. However, as a foliage plant alone, Alpinia zerumbet ‘Variegata’ is undoubtedly extremely garden-worthy and prefers a position in sun or part shade in rich, fertile, moist but well-drained soil.
If bedded out in the garden in summer it is necessary to lift and store the plant in a greenhouse or conservatory with a minimum temperature of 5 degrees centigrade. Conservatory specimens should be grown in bright but filtered light, as under glass, strong sunlight may cause the leaves to scorch.
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