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Alpinia nutans
Alpinia nutans
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Ships in 6" nursery pot 20 inches in height.

Alpinia nutans- Has been incorrectly called Amomum cardamomum or Cardamon but it is not true cardamon. Hardy foliage plant is often used as a shade groundcover. It rarely blooms, but the leaves smell of spice when touched. It grows to 3 feet in shade. Great patio and container plant. Very hardy.

Alpinias--Come in all sizes from small to large. Leaves are frequently fragrant. Most bear large clusters of stunning blooms. Like medium to full sun. Many can overwinter without special care. All make good pot plants.

Gingers are the queen flowers of the plant world. They are the source of wonderous fragrances and possess exquisitely delicate foliage and flowers. The fragrance of some butterfly gingers will take your breath away.

Gingers enjoy a special position in the botanical kingdom with their elegance in form and texture, sparkling color and amazing symmetry. The word ginger conjures up images of an exotic oriental food flavoring. However edible ginger is only one of approximately 1,300 species of the very diverse Zingiberaceae family. Gingers are classed as a herbaceous perennial and have enjoyed popularity as an ornamental plant in Asia and the Far East for centuries. Only recently have they become known as outstanding ornamentals in the U.S.

Gingers as a group add outstanding exotic foliage and exotic flowers to the landscape. Gingers are wonderful plants for southern climates and protected northern climates. In both areas gingers are finding favor as interior landscape plants and most do very well in containers. Gingers are heavy feeders and drinkers during the growing season. Most do best in partial shade; however some thrive in full sun, others in full shade. So gingers provide plants for all light conditions. Many species enter dormancy in response to shorter days, cool temperatures, or dry conditions. Rhizomes (the underground stem) survive in a dormant condition beneath the soil surface during cold or dry conditions. Stokes Tropicals' Ginger Blend (8-4-6) is an excellent fertilizer source for these wonderful plants.



Name Alpinia nutans
Common Names Cinnamon Ginger, Shellflower
Grow Zone 7
Light Conditions Full Shade,Partial Sun/Shade
Water Requirements Regularly; do not overwater
PH Level 6-7.5
Minimum Height 2 feet
Maximum Height 4 feet
Growth Habit Moderate
Bloom Period Year Round
Bloom Color Inconspicuous
Fragrant Yes
Fragrance Spicy
Best Grown In Informal hedge, Poolside
Scientific Name Alpinia nutans
Class Liliopsida
Family Zingiberaceae
Genus Alpinia
Species nutans
Salt Tolerance Moderate
Grow Zone 7
Grow Zones
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by Larry Koenig
on 9/14/2013
Alpinia nutans
A vigorous grower in sun or shade, it has no pests I've seen in over 20 years. It has a short lived, typical Alpinia "shell ginger" flower (like that shown for Alpinia formosana on this site), but is grow it for foliage alone. Walking through/rubbing against its tropical shrubbery/arching branches lining a path is enough to release the rich warm cinnamon-like scent of its leaves.
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