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PlantFiles: Crepe Ginger
Cheilocostus speciosus

Family: Costaceae
Genus: Cheilocostus
Species: speciosus (spee-see-OH-sus) (Info)

Synonym:Costus speciosus

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From woody stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral artemizia08 On Sep 16, 2012, artemizia08 from Rockledge, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

When I bought from big local nursery few years ago, it was in bloom. Never-ever bloomed again, don't know why ((( Although other gingers are blooming like crazy in our garden (East-Central Florida).

Positive fuzzytufts On Sep 14, 2012, fuzzytufts from Folkston, GA wrote:

I have had my plant for 2 years and finally figured out what makes it do best is keeping it moist in a mix that drains well and regular feedings( small feedings of l0.l0.l0) is what I used but a water based would work. Its blooms this year have been on it since the middle of June 20l2 and still going strong. Good for butterflies & bees. In my area of South Georgia bees are in short supply so anything that draws pollinators is a good thing. I placed my plant in the ground when I first got it but it apparently stayed too dry even though I watered regularly so last fall I placed it in a large pot and this spring when it came up it wasn't skinny. I wondered if anyone knows how to grow it from seeds or just best to do by cuttings. I think this plant is worth the growing just for the beauty of it.

Positive NYCtropics On Apr 7, 2012, NYCtropics from New York, NY wrote:

I really like this ginger. Mine grew to 6 feet tall by the end of the summer and bloomed! II really was not expecting blooms here in NYC from a spiral ginger (especially in its first year), but I got some nice October blooms.
In Late Fall I cut it back, dug it out of the ground, and potted it up. It did NOTHING all winter. I thought it was dead. About a month ago I took it out of the pot to see what was going on with the roots and it looked like nothing was growing. I potted it back and hoped for the best. Now just a few days ago I see some growth emerging from the soil and it is now growing fast. Looks like I will have this plant again for another summer!

Positive Phoolan On Jul 10, 2011, Phoolan from San Luis Obispo, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Here in the coastal Rio Grande Valley, this spiral ginger is a welcome accent plant in a part shade to full shade site. It can be a little floppy, so I have it under a small tree, against some backdrop shrubbery which helps when the wind kicks up.
It's so hot here in the summer, I mist it whenever I remember. It came back from the hard freeze we had last winter and has even spread a bit. Very graceful, very tropical.

Positive CostaRica On Aug 18, 2010, CostaRica from Guayabo de Bagaces, Guanacaste
Costa Rica (Zone 10b) wrote:

Love this one...but agree it could be invasive, especially if planted in an wet area.


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

Santa Maria La Carità,
Anniston, Alabama
Bradenton, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Jensen Beach, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Folkston, Georgia
Thibodaux, Louisiana
Germantown, Maryland
Port Isabel, Texas

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