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Alpinia japonica

There are a large number of Alpinia species (about 150) and a few of them are hardy (though most of them are certainly not).
It seems a pity not to grow those that are prepared to make the effort.

This one, from Japan, is hardy, but low temperatures will prevent flowers forming on the second year canes.
I got it from Paul Barney at Edulis, and it has made a delightful lush foliage plant.

12th September 2006