Alpinia purpurata "Red Dwarf" ?

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

  1. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    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

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    Ron,

    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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