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Costus afer, Spiral Ginger

Costus afer

Spiral Ginger
Family: Costaceae
Origin: Africa
Small shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Costus afer are very easy to grow. They require a rich well drained soil (2 parts peat moss to 1 part loam to 1 part sharp sand), kept on the moist side. They do well in part shade to full sun. Spiral Ginger is a very vigorous grower, that requires frequent repotting to control its size.





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Costus arabicus variegata, Costus amazonicus variegata , Variegated Spiral Ginger

Costus arabicus variegata, Costus amazonicus variegata

Variegated Spiral Ginger
Family: Costaceae
Origin: South America
Small shrub 2-5 ftShadeSemi-shadeKeep soil moistPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersDeciduousSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Originally from South America, this ginger is very popular in Hawaii and Florida. The actual name is C. arabicus variegata and it is labeled Costus amazonicus variegata almost everywhere. Spiraling stems rise with a strong white variegation and topped with green and white cone like flowers. Prefers shade, moist soil and lots of water.

It may tolerate some frost, and if tops die back, leave it in the ground and it may re-sprout from the roots. This ginger may grow up to 8' tall, usually much less, under 3'. Grows in a clump, best in rich highly organic soil with regular moisture. Easy to grow, can even be propagated from cuttings.





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Costus erythrophyllus, Ox Blood Costus, Red Wine Costus

Costus erythrophyllus

Ox Blood Costus, Red Wine Costus
Family: Costaceae
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterPink flowersUnusual colorOrnamental foliage

Costus erythrophyllus grows up to 1-2 feet when fully mature. Also known as Ox Blood Costus because of its striking foliage. When the wind shifts and you see the bright red underside that gives it its name. The flowers are relatively large, pale pink and grow prettily cradled in the midst of the leaves. All in all, this unusual looking plant really is a looker which will brighten any border. The attractive Costus will be a welcome addition to any garden, hothouse or windowsill. It is easy to grow providing light shade under a tree canopy. It is an attractive plant that gets a lot of attention form visitors. The wide velvety leaves are luxuriously red on the under side and richly blue green on top. You will be am amazed at its beauty.

As a group, Costus are known as Spiral Gingers because their leaves tend to grow in an outwards spiral away from the main stem. Native to subtropical environments, all members of the Costus family like to be kept warm and moist.

Close related plant, but with yellow flowers - Costus vinosus, that is often confused with Costus erythrophyllus. Costus vinosus is very rare. It was described by Paul Maas in 1976 from a single collection in 1973. It is a very distinctive species with waxy leaves that have deep wine-red undersides and unique cup-shaped ligules making it very easy to recognize whether in flower or not. This species is threatened and rare in the wild and is sensitive to habitat change. Since the last collection record was ten years ago, it is possible that this species is extinct in the wild or very nearly so.





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Costus fissiligulatus , African Princess, Spiral Ginger, Cameroon Costus

Costus fissiligulatus

African Princess, Spiral Ginger, Cameroon Costus
Family: Costaceae
Origin: Tropical Africa
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterPink flowersYellow/orange flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Subtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Costus fissiligulatus is an amazing new Costus from Gabon in West Africa. It has a dazzling pink trumpet flower with a yellow throat. It is very floriferous with an inflorescence of numerous flower buds on a shortish plant of 3-4 ft that stands very erect. It is an easy grower with similar growing requirements to other gingers.





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Costus fissiligulatus - African Princess, Cameroon Costus

Costus fissiligulatus is an amazing new Costus from Gabon in West Africa. It has a dazzling pink trumpet flower with a yellow throat. It is very floriferous with an inflorescence of numerous flower buds on a shortish plant of 3-4 ft that stands very erect. It is an easy grower with similar growing requirements to other gingers.

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Costus lucanusianus, African Spiral Flag

Costus lucanusianus

African Spiral Flag
Family: Costaceae
Origin: Tropical Africa
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterPink flowersYellow/orange flowersEthnomedical plant.
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Costus lucanusianus is an amazing new Costus from Gabon in West Africa. It has a dazzling pink trumpet flower with a yellow throat. It is very floriferous with an inflorescence of numerous flower buds on a shortish plant of 3-4 ft that stands very erect. It is an easy grower with similar growing requirements to other gingers.



Costus lucanusianus, African Spiral Flag
Costus aff. lucanusianus
Costus lucanusianus, African Spiral Flag
Costus aff. lucanusianus
Costus lucanusianus, African Spiral Flag
Costus aff. lucanusianus
Costus lucanusianus, African Spiral Flag
Costus aff. lucanusianus


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Costus malortieanus, Stepladder Ginger

Costus malortieanus

Stepladder Ginger
Family: Costaceae
Origin: Costa Rica
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Costus malortieanus has wonderful velvety foliage and a nice dark green color. The flowers are also quite attractive. Costus malortieanus grows to about 5 ft tall in part shade to nearly full sun. This is the easiest of all the spiral gingers to grow, as it seems to be able to handle a wide range of soil and sunlight.





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Costus productus, Costus

Costus productus

Costus
Family: Costaceae
USDA Plant Hardiness MapGroundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEdible

Costus productus is actually an edible variety. The flower petals are quite sweet and nutritious. It's a lower grower and makes a great ground cover. Each flowerhead lasts over a month and the clump can be in flower for months while the weather stays warm. Excellent cut flower.



Costus productus, Costus
Costus aff. productus
Costus productus, Costus
Costus aff. productus
Costus productus, Costus
Costus aff. productus
Costus productus, Costus


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Costus sp., Spiral Ginger
Costus pulverulentus

Costus sp.

Spiral Ginger
Family: Costaceae
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsUnknown name

Costus are easilly 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. The Costus species are rich and varied in form, flower and growing conditions. There are short mounding forms, spreading forms and upright forms.

Species and varieties:

Costus afer

Costus amazonica variegata

Costus curvibracteatus

Costus guanaiensis

Costus lasius

Costus longibracteolatus

Costus lucanusianus

Costus malortieanus

Costus nudicaulis

Costus productus

Costus pulverulentus

Costus scaber

Costus speciosus

Costus spicatus

Costus tappenbeckianus

Costus vargasii

Costus varzearum

Costus villosissimus

Costus woodsonii





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Costus speciosus, Cheilocostus speciosus, Crepe Ginger

Costus speciosus, Cheilocostus speciosus

Crepe Ginger
Family: Costaceae
Origin: Malay Peninsula of Southeast Asia
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersOrnamental foliageFragrantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, 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. 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.





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

Costus spicatus, Alpinia spicata

Spiked Spiralflag, Red Button Ginger
Family: Costaceae
Origin: Tropical America
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge 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 - Red Button Ginger

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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