Widely Cultivated for its handsome variegated foliage
Rhizomatous grass with leafy stems of the ginger family up to 1,50m. The leaves are green, with white or cream bands. The small inflorescences are leaning with green bracts tinged with pink. It is widely cultivated for its handsome variegated foliage.
Division of rhizoms
Culture and care
Alpinia vittata grows best in fertile, organically rich, moist and well drained soil.
It can be planted in partial shade and is not tolerant of temperatures below 50°F.
At 41°F or less, the foliage and inflorescences die. The plant will rebirth with the warm day.
- Ornemental use
It’s often grown as a border plant in the tropics and as a potted plant in the greenhouse in temperate climates. It is cultivated for foliage.
The name Alpinia comes from Prosper Alpino, italian botanist and Vittata, striped lengthwise, banded longitudinally, like its leaves.