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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 comosus var bakeri Costus comosus var. bakeri
Code: 51015
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(Misapplied: Costus barbatus)

Large showy terminal cones of red bracts with yellow flowers. Smooth velvety green leaves, large, tall, tropical, easy. Hardy to 32F. Incorrectly known in the nursery trade as Costus barbatus. 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 productus Costus productus
Code: 51017
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(Misapplied: Costus curvibracteatus)

Similar to Costus comosus var. bakeri (Costus barbatus), but much dwarfer. Showy terminal cones of orange-red bracts, with red-tipped orange flowers. 32F. Incorrectly sold in the U.S. nursery trade as Costus curvibracteatus. Costaceae

 
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Hedychium gardnerianum Hedychium gardnerianum
Code: 51021
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Kahili Ginger

Large showy spires of fragrant yellow flowers with red stamens in summer. Native to India. 28F. Zingiberaceae

 
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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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