I bought it at Zone 9 this spring but i cant remember what it is called. I have looked on several sites and still cant find a match. The leaves are very thick.
can anyone identify this?
I always look on the gingers r'us site when in doubt, hope that helps. :)
I think that is going to bloom red and unscented.
Don't bet too much on that though.
Just adding it to see if it confirms anyone's suspicions. :)
Truetropical77, did you ever figure out what that monster is?
well yes and no. I talked to the person I bought it from and he said that he imported it from Brazil and that it is an unidentified species.
It's Costus vinosus. Check out www.gingersrus.com; Thumbnails, then Costus part VI (Species T-Z).
It likes it were you have it I just bought one on ebay with purple and green leaves. Has a very small fragrant flower gingers are neat and there is so many out there
Oops! Truetropic I was giving your costus i.d. I never saw the answer to your question whether there were the rings on the stems.
Did you ever give it a name I bought mine on ebay walkinwater has it I belive it has a very small flower thats yellow looks like a shell ginger flower
It is Costus "Maroon Chalice". I have grown this for many years now. Its a great plant, not all that cold hardy though. It will come back if it freezes to the ground, but never attain the stature it had before, and never bloom. It would be best to pot some up before winter comes.
There is also a form that has green stems, its called 'Emerald Chalice" and, sometimes, "Buddah Belly Ginger'. Both the green and the red bloom with identical orange-red pineapple like terminal blooms with yellow true flowers.
gothqueen, those are nice one's. Are they still green where you live? Mine have all shriveled up and turned brown from the winter.
All The Best,
these are greenhouse grown in the ground inside the GH. I have them planted outside as well, outside they die back every year so yes, most of them are down at the moment. My GH plants are coming into bloom now.
Oh! Okay, I should have read more of the thread. Good luck with your GH.