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Shell ginger

Alpinia zerumbet

Also known as

Shell flower, Pink porcelain lily, Light galangal, Getto

Shell Ginger Alpinia zerumbet 7395 by Primejyothi (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate watering
Tender

11b

USDA zone

7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

4m

Max

2m

2m

Min

1m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Alpine zerumbet
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Shell ginger Overview

This is a fast-growing large perennial with glossy, rich green foliage and large fragrant clusters of white to pale pink, porcelain-like, waxy bracts which open to reveal small, bright orange flowers with dark red bee-lines.

Common problems with Shell ginger

How to propagate Shell ginger

Division

By division.

Other uses of Shell ginger

Ornamental, fragrance, foliage, cut flowers. The leaves are used as a tea in Japan and to wrap mochi rice cakes, as well as to flavour noodles. In modern medicine, the rhizome and leaves are proven effective against HIV-1 integrase and neuraminidase enzymes which allow the virus DNA to enter and move between the infected cells.