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Gingers and Similar Plants

Tropical and subtropical plant family with ornamental leaves and flowers much admired throughout the world. Also listed are some members of the Commelinaceae family that resemble gingers.



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Alpinia formosana Pinstripe Alpinia formosana 'Pinstripe'
Code: 50182
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Pinstripe Ginger

This cultivar with white pinstripe leaves grows slowly to about 3 feet high. White, yellow and red flowers are showy on upright stalks. Usually only blooms in warmer climates or greenhoused. Needs shade, damp soil. Native to Taiwan. USDA zones 8 - 11. Zingiberaceae

 
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Chamaecostus cuspidatus Chamaecostus cuspidatus
Code: 51013
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(Syn.: Costus cuspidatus, Costus igneus), Fiery Spiral Ginger

Very large bright orange crepe paper flowers, tapered deep green leaves, dwarf, compact, striking. Brazil. This species was moved from Costus to the new genus Chamaecostus recently. Costaceae

 
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Cheilocostus speciosus Variegatus Cheilocostus speciosus 'Variegatus'
Code: 51019
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(Syn.: Costus speciosus 'Variegatus'), Variegated Crepe Ginger

Beautiful white and green striped leaves on sweeping 5 to 7 foot spiral stems. Red cones with white flowers. This species was moved from Costus to the new genus Cheilocostus recently. Costaceae

 
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Costus arabicus Variegatus Costus arabicus 'Variegatus'
Code: 51016
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(Misapplied: Costus amazonicus 'Variegatus')

Beautiful white and green striped foliage. White flowers sometimes emerge from cone-like clusters on mature stalks. Grows to 5 feet tall in cultivation. Give shade, rich soil, and moisture. Incorrectly sold in the nursery trade as Costus amazonicus 'Variegatus'. Costaceae

 
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Costus pulverulentus Purple Passion Costus pulverulentus 'Purple Passion'
Code: 51014
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This is a compact costus with beautiful dark green leaves with dark purple undersides. The green stalks are arranged in a spiral form with purple bands at the leaf bases topped with bright orange-red flowers protruding from the red cone-shaped inflorescence. This desirable plant is easy to grow and flower. Its compact height, to 4 feet, makes it a fine potted plant or landscape specimen. Give it moist well draining soil in bright shade and frost protection in the winter. It was first collected in a Panamanian garden and is considered of hybrid origin, possibly with Costus laevis as a parent. USDA zones 10 - 12. Our catalog previously listed this plant as Costus laevis in error. Costaceae

 
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Costus malortieanus Costus malortieanus
Code: 69079
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Beautiful broad velvety emerald green leaves. Bright yellow flowers with red stripes. Costaceae

 
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Dichorisandra penduliflora Dichorisandra penduliflora
Code: 69155
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(Syn.: Dichorisandra pendula), Weeping Blue Ginger, Blue Pendant Ginger

This blue ginger relative looks like a costus or ginger with its jointed stems with glossy leaves faintly banded silver and purplish-blue beneath. Blooms continually from summer to autumn with clusters of sky blue flowers that droop in a pendant fashion from each stem. Grows to 3 feet tall. It should be planted in a partially shaded, moist location. Use it to provide an exotic tropical look with its rare color. It is also well suited as a patio pot plant. USDA zones 10 - 11. Origin: Brazil. Commelinaceae

 
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Dichorisandra thyrsiflora Dichorisandra thyrsiflora
Code: 51400
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Blue Ginger

Terminal clusters of intense cobalt blue flowers. Upright habit, similar to some members of the ginger family, gives this famous tropical plant its common name. Foliage is silvery green, spirally arranged on 3 foot stems. 30F. Commelinaceae

 
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Hedychium greenei Hedychium greenei
Code: 69080
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Fire Ginger

Terminal clusters of fiery red flowers, dark bronzy foliage. India. 28F. Zingiberaceae

 
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