Variegated Shell Ginger

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On the hunt for plants that tell the story of lush, tropical adventure? Try using tropical Variegated Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet 'Variegata') as a starring role in your landscape design or seasonal container gardens. Featuring long, slender, vividly striped leaves in varying greens, white and cream, and even sometimes a touch of yellow! Variegated Shell Ginger is a classic hot sunny accent annual plant for pots and planters all across the country!

It's best known for producing two-foot-long, lance-shaped leaves that are streaked here and there with alternating bands of green and gold! Super lush, two-toned leaves work to instantly brighten your landscape. Pair it with dark or coarse foliage and sultry pops of sunset pink, blood orange or scarlet colored flowers in your landscape. They prefer the sunnier locations with good moisture but soil that drains well.

In zones 8 and up it is used as a herbaceous perennial where it is planted in the landscape, there it can overwinter and delicate fragrant white flower clusters grow along shell pink racemes. Seemingly delicate flowers offer blaze yellow and red on the inside for a spark of additional interest. In cooler climates, these are lovely houseplants or tropical annual accents, many times used as summer annuals mixed with tropicals and summer containers.

Planting and Application:

Use Variegated Shell Ginger as a tropical annual addition to your summer patio plant mixing with Banana trees or Elephant Ears, or even a Castor Bean plant with its contrasting dark purple foliage. Variegated Shell Ginger is a classic hot sunny accent plant for pots and planters all across the country. Where it's hardy, this can be used as a luscious and easy care screening hedge for privacy. It is a classic, hot sunny accent plant for pots and planters all across the country.

Plant poolside for an exotic retreat and colorful accent. Mix among other tropical gems like Palms, Hibiscus, Banana trees or Elephant Ears, or even a Castor Bean plant with its contrasting dark purple foliage. You'll enjoy a gorgeous accent, hedge or low screen that is highlighted by the multi-color foliage and bright white and pink flowers! Plant near moist areas and water features or ponds, as long as they're not soggy or in standing water, and in large pots and planters anywhere you need a burst of color and height.

  • Fabulous Multi-Color Foliage
  • Long White & Shell-Pink Blooms
  • Hardy USDA Zones 8-11
  • Thriller or Specimen, Containers & Garden Beds
  • Exotic, Effective Showy Screen & Specimen

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Plant your Variegated Ginger in full sun or a bright spot with some protection from the hot afternoon sun in the warmer climates for the best yellow variegation. Moist, well-drained soil is best, and a good deep watering weekly when grown outside in the ground in warmer climates.

In fall before they freeze (like Cana Lilies) they should be dug and the foliage cut off and cured a bit before storing them in a 55°F basement cool and dark for the winter. Then when in the spring they can be planted back out or started in a pot and moved outside after the danger of frost has passed. It is a herbaceous perennial in zone 8 and up and gets cut down to the ground and allowed to grow from the tuber-like roots in late winter in those areas. In zones 8 and up it is used as a herbaceous perennial where it is planted in the landscape.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Tolerates Heat
  • Prefers Moist Locations
  • Broadleaf Evergreen Tropical Plant
  • Needs Well-Drained Locations

Order the exotic Variegated Shell Ginger today from Nature Hills to enjoy tropical elegance and color year-round! Place your order now to reserve the best selection.

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Variegated Shell Ginger Is Suited to Grow in Zones 8-11
Growing Zones 8-11
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Alpinia zerumbet 'Variegata'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 5 - 7 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture High (Not Soggy)
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Variegated
Foliage Variegated
Foliage Color Green, White & Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering