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Alpinia japonica 'Extra Spicy'

A fantastic variegated form of Alpinia japonica. I am currently worried that I am going to burn it in the sun because it is so white that I can't believe it will survive in the shade. Pity about the name, which is far too naff for such a beautiful plant. Selected in Japan, where I have no doubt it has a better name.

12th September 2006

I have grown it in the shade this year, and a lot of the variegation has gone, but I have no doubt that a bit more light next year will restore it.

17th April 2008