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Costus stenophyllus, Bamboo Costus

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Costus stenophyllus
Family: Costaceae
Bamboo Costus
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterOrnamental foliageYellow/orange flowersSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Grown for its unique alternating brown and white banding on the stems, Bamboo Costus looks like real bamboo. It makes a great accent plant when grown in a large pot on the patio or sunroom. Also called spiral ginger, it has upright stems with a bit of a spiral near the tips. Unusual red and yellow flowers emerge from the base of mature plants. Grow in bright, indirect light in moist, rich soil.

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