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Truetropical77
Red Oak, TX

December 26, 2007
1:35 AM

Post #4326955

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.

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Truetropical77
Red Oak, TX

December 26, 2007
1:37 AM

Post #4326961

and it leaves these rings on the stem that collect water...?

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Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 26, 2007
1:46 PM

Post #4327764

It could be this one: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/123786/

there are a few other costus that have the red on the back of the leaves also, but I did also see this listed on Zone 9's site

Truetropical77
Red Oak, TX

December 26, 2007
5:33 PM

Post #4328489

Tropicanna, Its very close, but the new shoots form differently. The second pic is a shot of a newly forming stalk, and out of all the pics of red leafed gingers i have never seen this. And it still hasn't bloomed, who know what that will look like! Thanks for the help Tropicanna.

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Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 28, 2007
4:28 AM

Post #4333790

I always look on the gingers r'us site when in doubt, hope that helps. :)
germinater

(Zone 9a)

December 28, 2007
4:33 AM

Post #4333802

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. :)
Dean_W
Central Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 15, 2008
9:45 PM

Post #4956490

Truetropical77, did you ever figure out what that monster is?
Truetropical77
Red Oak, TX

May 17, 2008
10:03 PM

Post #4965783

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.
Kalpavriksha
Sarasota, FL

May 18, 2008
5:38 PM

Post #4969142

It's Costus vinosus. Check out www.gingersrus.com; Thumbnails, then Costus part VI (Species T-Z).
Danasplants
Mulberry, FL

May 18, 2008
5:43 PM

Post #4969151

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
Kalpavriksha
Sarasota, FL

May 18, 2008
6:31 PM

Post #4969313

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.
Danasplants
Mulberry, FL

June 26, 2008
1:20 AM

Post #5159993

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
Moodene
(Nadine) Devers, TX
(Zone 9b)

August 3, 2008
11:06 AM

Post #5361583

http://www.gingersrus.com/DataSheet.php?PID=4170

Could be Costus 'Maroon Chalice" or Costus 'Ruby Chalice' - I bought one from Wayne at Zone 9 Tropicals that looks like yours..
gothqueen
Gainesville, FL

October 12, 2008
8:17 PM

Post #5662842

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
Gainesville, FL

October 12, 2008
8:50 PM

Post #5662947

This is a photo of one of my stands of Maroon Chalice. Its a lovely plant. I recently pruned the stand, and removed all the older larger stalks with spent blooms so I have no bloom photo to offer at the moment

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gothqueen
Gainesville, FL

October 12, 2008
8:51 PM

Post #5662950

This is a detail of the stem

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gothqueen
Gainesville, FL

October 12, 2008
8:51 PM

Post #5662955

This is a view of the Green form, Emerald Chalice

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Dean_W
Central Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 5, 2009
10:13 PM

Post #5970400

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,
Dean
gothqueen
Gainesville, FL

January 6, 2009
12:36 AM

Post #5970932

Dean,
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.
Dean_W
Central Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 6, 2009
6:38 PM

Post #5973802

Oh! Okay, I should have read more of the thread. Good luck with your GH.

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