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Alpinia luteocarpa, Red Bamboo Ginger

Alpinia luteocarpa

Red Bamboo Ginger
Family: Zingiberaceae
Origin: Philippines
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall plant 2-5 ftShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterOrnamental foliageRed, crimson, vinous flowersFragrantDeciduous plantSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

This fragrant ginger looks like a dwarf bamboo bush. This Ginger boasts dark green leaves with red undersides. Bamboo Ginger is also a fragrant ginger that looks like a dwarf bamboo bush with a great clumping habit. Perfect patio container plant. Prefers some shade. Mature height of 2-3'. Zones 7 and higher. Reaches 2-3' and produces flowers.

The specific epithet luteocarpa means yellow fruit. The genus Alpinia is named after the Italian botanist and physician Prospero Alpino (1553-1616) who was a professor of botany at the university of Padua and extensively studied the Egyptian and Mediterranean flora.

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