Shell Flower, Alpinia zerumbet 'Variegata'

Chinese Evergreen

FAMILY:
Zingiberaceae

ORIGIN:
Southeast Asia

DESCRIPTION:
Robust, upright perennial with stalked, hairless, mid-green variegated leaves; in summer erect racemes 3 ft. long appear with small white flowers within coloured bracts; may grow to 6 ft.

CULTIVATION:
Water moderately; feed with a balanced fertilizer monthly; prefers bright, filtered light

PROPAGATION:
Treat plantlets produced in the inflorescences produced as offsets; root division

COMMENTS:
Roots and leaves have been used medicinally for reducing blood pressure and as a stress reliever

 

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