You are both right; it is definitely not AEAE. Thanks for the positivity though.. if it is one of the other hardy plants you suggested then it should do well. I will be sure to periodically give updates.
The other downside, aside from the color patterns i wanted, however, is that supposedly the Nam wa's stem is weak (according to a man in a forum on garden web) so I will be on the lookout for that too.
Here is actually a link where I discovered two men fighting over it.. one tried to sell the "knockoff AEAE's" and the other dude is reaming him out saying they aren't as good and he's basically ripping people off
Tissue Culturing the variegated AeAe? Soon!!