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PlantFiles: Costus
Costus subsessilis

Family: Costaceae
Genus: Costus (KOS-tus) (Info)
Species: subsessilis (sub-SES-sil-iss) (Info)

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive kaysblooms On Sep 5, 2010, kaysblooms from Spring, TX wrote:

The plant froze back severly in one of Houston's coldest winters even though it was covered. It came back in May and bloomed profusely this summer. It was a new plant to me in 2009.

Positive bsgardens On Jun 13, 2010, bsgardens from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I love this plant has beautiful bright yellow flowers and fuzzy leaves. Great low growing plant.

Positive gothqueen On Nov 6, 2008, gothqueen from Gainesville, FL wrote:

A beautiful unusual low growing ginger for flowerbeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Gainesville, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Spring, Texas

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