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Plant Id please: saw in SF Bay Area

Posted by homey_bird Bay Area (My Page) on
Sat, Oct 12, 13 at 19:55

Hi all,

I am trying to identify the beautiful plants that looked tropical in a house garden (on sale) in SF Bay Area, and would appreciate help in identifying.

It seems either a heliconia or a ginger, and leaves can be both plain or variegated. The plants seem to grow in a clump,

Thanks in advance!

Here is a link that might be useful: Zillow link to on market property with gorgeous plant


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RE: Plant Id please: saw in SF Bay Area

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Sat, Oct 12, 13 at 21:19

Alpinia zerumbet variegated, I think.

Geeze, 1.9 for a 1600 sq ft Eichler...


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RE: Plant Id please: saw in SF Bay Area

Yes, I agree. :-) But DH and I really really enjoyed the house. Very pretty house and a gorgeous yard.


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BTW -- checked out the pics on google. Alpinia zerumbet seems to be a shorter plant than those in this garden. These plants were about 4-5 ft tall and not as dense. But they might have been majorly trimmed to reduce dense look. Thanks for posting.


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  • Posted by bahia SF Bay Area (My Page) on
    Sun, Oct 13, 13 at 2:50

Alpinia zerumbet variegata is the plant in your photo, and size/compactness can vary considerably depending on environmental growing conditions. The straight species is considerably taller growing, but also more likely to bloom.


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It can be a large clump-I have seen them in full sun up to 6' tall and 8-10' wide around the corner. They pruned it way back before I could take a pic. It was impressive!


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Thank you all for the confirmation. How exactly does it need be grown for a vertical sparse (not very dense) habit? (i.e plenty water or dappled shade or raised planters etc.)


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In part shade here in the bay area? It can and will reach 9'. Just be careful on the shade part...too much,too deep, and they will languish and die.
They are also very sensitive to being dug up and moved. They are not like the Gingers that die down in winter. The variegated will flower...but they are not as large flowers here as the all green or even the variegated in hot summer climates in soucal.


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Thank you for sharing. The ones that I saw were not in flower but just foliage was so striking that I'd grow it for that sake! Thanks again.


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