Alpinia zerumbet (Shell Ginger)

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Alpinia zerumbet (Shell Ginger)

Post by M Farooq » August 14th, 2013, 6:04 am

Botanical Name Alpinia zerumbet
Family Zingiberaceae
Local Name in Urdu Not a local plant
Common Name Shell ginger
Life Cycle Evergreen
Cultivar Name NA
Fragrant or Not Fragrant
Category(Bush/Vine/Tree) Clump forming perennial
Height Up to 10 ft
Spacing Grows as clumps
Flowering Months Blooms intermittently, mainly in spring
Flower Color Yellow flowers with red throat
Growing Areas Tropical pant
Frost Tender Yes
Exposure Partial shade, warm and moist atmosphere
Soil pH No specific issues
Propagation Division of rhizomes
Uses Ornamental and medicinal
Other Details Alpinia as the name indicates belongs to the Alpine region. This evergreen clump forming perennial grows around 10 ft with a spread of 5-10 ft. The "stems" of of Alpinia are not true stems but densely wrapped leaves just like banana. Shell-flower is commonly called shell ginger or shellflower because its individual shell pink flowers, particularly when in bud, resemble sea shells. It is distinguished from other members of the ginger family by the fact that its flowers droop from the ends of leafy stems rather than rise directly from plant rhizomes. The fragrant flowers are waxy; light pink flower buds open to tubular flowers with yellow inside lips and red throats ( Images by A. Y. Khan
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