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Costus amazonica /Amazon Ginger

Costus amazonica  / Costus amazonica
A clump of amazon ginger behind a sago
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A clump of amazon ginger behind a sago

A pair of flowers above the spirally arranged foliage

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Scientific Name: Costus amazonica
Common Name: Amazon Ginger
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: White
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: This ginger from the Amazon Basin has white flower that emerge from bright red inflorescence cones on stems that spiral upward that have leaves arranged in a similar fashion. Very exotic tropical ginger that is able to withstand light freezes, although the tops die back to the ground, but return the following late spring when night temperatures are above sixty degrees F.