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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.


 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.
RECOMMENDED FERTILIZERS:
Broad Leaf Plus - Ginger-Heliconia-Banana Booster
Tropical Allure - Smart-Release Booster
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Costus stenophyllus, Bamboo Costus

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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.


 Costus stenophyllus, Bamboo Costus

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Costus stenophyllus - Bamboo Costus

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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.
RECOMMENDED FERTILIZERS:
Broad Leaf Plus - Ginger-Heliconia-Banana Booster
Tropical Allure - Smart-Release Booster
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Costus tappenbeckianus , Spiral Ginger

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Costus tappenbeckianus terminal flower
 Costus tappenbeckianus
Family: Costaceae
Spiral Ginger
Origin: Equatorial Africa
Small shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterPink flowers

It flowers both at the base of the plant and on the terminal ends of the long leafy stems.


 Costus tappenbeckianus , Spiral Ginger

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Costus tappenbeckianus , Spiral Ginger

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Costus woodsonii, Red Button Ginger, Scarlet spiral flag, French Kiss, Dwarf Cone Ginger

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Family: Costaceae
Red Button Ginger, Scarlet spiral flag, French Kiss, Dwarf Cone Ginger
Origin: Central America
Small shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeModerate waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowers

Watering is average. A little moist during the warm weather and a little drier during the cold weather. Avoid if possible getting the foliage wet when watering.

Fertilization is also average with more during the warm weather and very little during the winter.

Temperatures has a lot to do with flowering. The plant can withstand a light frost for short periods of time but will stop blooming and won't look very good.

The yellow flowers that emerge from the red cones are edible.


 Costus woodsonii, Red Button Ginger, Scarlet spiral flag, French Kiss, Dwarf Cone Ginger

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Monocostus uniflorus, Costus uniflorus, Lemon ginger, Single Flower Ginger, Yellow Spiral Ginger

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Family: Costaceae
Lemon ginger, Single Flower Ginger, Yellow Spiral Ginger
Origin: Peru
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftShadeSemi-shadeKeep soil moistYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

This is a soft and delicate small ginger growing with spiral stems and dark green, oval thick leaves which are about 2 inches to 2.5 inches long ( 5 to 6 cm). Large, single lemon-yellow flowers emerge at the tip of stems of graceful texture spring from a spiraling cone. It will bloom almost all year and will make a beautiful free full blooming hanging basket.


 Monocostus uniflorus, Costus uniflorus, Lemon ginger, Single Flower Ginger, Yellow Spiral Ginger

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