Orange Tulip Ginger, Spiral Ginger
Costus curvibracteatus

Family: Costaceae
Genus: Costus (KOS-tus) (Info)
Species: curvibracteatus (kurv-ih-brak-tee-AH-tus) (Info)

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

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

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

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:

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Orange

Red-Orange

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Foliage:

Evergreen

Deciduous

Herbaceous

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Inverness, Florida

Riverview, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Sebring, Florida

Yankeetown, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

3
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RatingContent
Positive

On Jul 9, 2006, gingersrus from Tallahassee, FL wrote:

Only the top two photos are of the plant known in horticulture as Costus curvibracteatus - the others below are Costus scaber or something else. Also, unfortunately, this is another Costus that was incorrectly identified in the nursery trade many years ago. It is actually Costus productus - not Costus curvibracteatus. The real Costus curvibracteatus looks quite different and I have never seen it in cultivation in the US. I saw it in habitat in Costa Rica on the northeastern flank of the Talamanca Mountains just last May and I have one small plant started.

Positive

On Jan 19, 2004, xyris from Sebring, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This extremely interesting Costus has been flowering constantly now for over one year, so I guess it is flowering year round for me. It is not as happy with the cooler winter temperatures, and seems to stop putting out new shoots when nights fall below 10 degrees C (50 degrees F). But existing shoots are still flowering, and are about 1 meter tall. I suspect that the above ground shoots would die back if we had a freeze.

Positive

On Nov 8, 2003, Michaelp from Glendale, UT (Zone 5a) wrote:

I like it-- very nice- produces red cones with white crepe papper like translucent blooms with yellow centers-root is used to make medicines and to eat.