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PlantFiles: French Kiss
Costus spicatus

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

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive justmeLisa 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.


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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