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|Costus speciosus, Cheilocostus speciosus|
Family: Costaceae / Zingiberaceae
Spiral Ginger, Crepe Ginger
Origin: Malay Peninsula of Southeast Asia
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. The flowers look like crepe paper - thus the common name of crepe ginger. For best results, this plant should get from 3 to 5 hours of direct sunlight daily, and be grown in fertile, organic, moist but well-drained soil. Monthly applications of a balanced fertilizer during the summer growing season will benefit this plant. Generally crepe ginger is pest free. Crepe ginger grows from thick fleshy roots called "rhizomes". A single rhizome will produce new shoots and increase to a 3 ft wide clump in the second year under ideal growing conditions. Light: Prefers part sun but will grow in full sun if it gets plenty of moisture. Moisture: Requires regular moisture but not standing water. Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 - 12. This is the most cold-hardy of the spiral gingers, and has been tested and proven root hardy down to 0°F (-17.8°C). Propagation: Pieces of the rhizome, division of the clumps, or stem cuttings. Costaceae are the only gingers that can be propagated by stem cuttings.
Costus speciosus Alba
4861 Costus lacerus - seedsSpiral Ginger, Crepe Ginger. This is a plant that is similar to and often confused with Costus speciosus. The distinguishing characteristic is the lacerated edges of the dark red bracts and calyx. Costus speciosus has sharply pointed bracts with solid edges. Costus lacerus is also a somewhat showier plant that Costus speciosus, ofter producing 4 to 5 large flowers at the same time as in the picture to the right. Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 - 12. This is the most cold-hardy of the spiral gingers, and has been tested and proven root hardy down to 0�F.
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