Alpinia purpurata "Red Dwarf" ?

Discussion in 'BIG LEAF TROPICALS' started by Moose, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

    Coral Gables, FL Zone 10b
    This ginger was found growing at the north inside area of a "horse shoe" shaped home. Protected from the north winds and southern exposurer to the warming sun, it faired pretty good.

    Opposite, there is a ginger with white flowers that was blasted by north winds and stayed heavily shaded - it is very toasted.

    I think this may be Alpinia purpurata "Red Dwarf". :confused: If someone knows it to be otherwise - please post your corrective ID. :)

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  2. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

    South Florida, USA

    I'm not 100% sure, I just can't tell from the picture but, it does look like the common A. purpurata. Not alot of growers grow it anymore because of the fungus issues in the shadehouse. I found the one to grow is A. pur. "Jungle King". It's a larger growing form and the flowers are much bigger. Also, it's more cold hardier. The white one is a wimpy grower especially when the cold weather arrives.

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