Costus scaber/Spiral or Indian Head Ginger

Costus scaber / Costus scaber
Leaves spirally arranged on stem
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Leaves spirally arranged on stem

Flowers emerge from the red cone at the top center of the cane

Flowers emerging from cone

Close-up of flower and an emerging flower

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Scientific Name: Costus scaber
Common Name: Spiral or Indian Head Ginger
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: Orange, Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: The species name has been changed from C spicatus to C. scaber. Must be kept moist if grown in full sun. Has flowers year round in frost free areas, but flowers in spring and summer in areas where killed back by cold. There flowers are orange-red emerging from a red cone.