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Costus spicatus, Alpinia spicata, Spiked Spiralflag, Red Button Ginger

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 Costus spicatus, Alpinia spicata
Family: Costaceae
Spiked Spiralflag, Red Button Ginger
Origin: Tropical America
large shrub 5-10 ftsemi-shaderegular waterornamental foliagered/crimson/vinous flowersattracts butterflies, hummingbirdsediblesubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Costus are easily distinguished from other commonly cultivated gingers because the leaves spiral around the main stem like a circular stairway. In fact they are called "spiral gingers". Sometimes Costus are still listed with other gingers in family Zingiberaceae, but generally they are accepted classified in a separate plant family, Costaceae, along with Dimerocostus, Monocostus and Tapeinochilos. Costus spicatus will grow in the sun if kept moist. Grows to about 6 to 7 feet tall. Leaves are about a foot long and about 4 inches wide. Plant produces a short cylindrical red cone with red-orange flowers emerging one at a time, long lasting and used as a cut flower. These plants often have close interactions with ants. The plant makes a sugary nectar which is attractive to many different kinds of ants. Ants protect the developing seeds which are under the bracts from insect enemies. Some plants have very specialized ants: they form an alliance only with one ant species, that not only get food from the plant but also get a place to nest.


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Costus spicatus, Alpinia spicata, Spiked Spiralflag, Red Button Ginger

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Costus spicatus, Alpinia spicata, Spiked Spiralflag, Red Button Ginger

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Costus spicatus, Alpinia spicata, Spiked Spiralflag, Red Button Ginger

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Costus spicatus, Alpinia spicata, Spiked Spiralflag, Red Button Ginger

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Costus spicatus, Alpinia spicata, Spiked Spiralflag, Red Button Ginger

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Costus spicatus, Alpinia spicata, Spiked Spiralflag, Red Button Ginger

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Costus spicatus, Alpinia spicata, Spiked Spiralflag, Red Button Ginger

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Costus spicatus, Alpinia spicata, Spiked Spiralflag, Red Button Ginger

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Red Button Ginger. Spectacular red ginger, with bright red button-like flower cones almost year-round. The yellow flowers that emerge from the red cones are edible. The plant can withstand a light frost for short periods of time but will stop blooming.
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Grown in 3 gal pot

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