Alpinia zerumbet 'Variegata'

COMMON NAME

Shell ginger

TYPE

Ginger/Heliconia

FAMILY

Zingiberaceae

NOTES

A rhizomatous, evergreen tropical perennial that grows in upright clumps 8 to 10 ft (2.4 to 3.0 m) tall in tropical climates. It is commonly called shell ginger because its individual shell pink flowers, particularly when in bud, resemble sea shells and its rhizomes have a ginger-like aroma. The plant's long leaf blades are used for wrapping zongzi, a traditional Chinese dish made of rice stuffed with different fillings.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

East Asia

NATIVE HABITAT

Shaded areas in open forest

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

missouribotanicalgarden.org

wildlifeofhawaii.com



Alpinia zerumbet 'Variegata'