Plants of the UNF Campus

Alpinia intermedia - (no English common name)
Family Zingiberaceae

Description:

The genus Alpinia is reported to be the largest in the ginger family with over two hundred species native to Asia. This herbaceous perennial grows about two feet tall and is evergreen down to temperatures in the low to mid-20’s F. In north Florida, colder temperatures may kill it to the ground and it will resprout in spring. The cultivar on campus is named “Pinstripe.” It has thin yellow lines on the foliage. It flowers on two year old stalks if the previous winter was mild. 

Location:

See plants on the north side of building 10.

Size:

Herbaceous plant to about two feet tall.

Care Instructions:

Light: part shade to full shade, will tolerate full sun with good care

Water: moderately drought tolerant in shade, irrigation may be necessary in sun

Soil: average soil, wide pH tolerance, no special requirements

Alpinia intermedia is an easy garden plant for north Florida. Its relatively small size (for a species of Alpinia) makes it more useful in the garden than some of the taller varieties. Unfortunately, it is not common in local nurseries. This is a durable plant from Asia that may be grown as a low shrub or a tall groundcover, especially for shady spots.

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