French Kiss
Costus spicatus

Family: Costaceae
Genus: Costus (KOS-tus) (Info)
Species: spicatus (spi-KAH-tus) (Info)

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

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:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Red-Orange

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Aromatic

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Jacksonville, Florida

Riverview, Florida

Rockledge, Florida

Trenton, Florida

Yulee, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Saint Helena Island, South Carolina

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Sep 5, 2002, justmeLisa from Brewers, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

This costus blooms for most of the summer. The flowers make very good cut flowers.