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PlantFiles: Ginger, Red Button Ginger, Dwarf French Kiss
Costus woodsonii

Family: Costaceae
Genus: Costus (KOS-tus) (Info)
Species: woodsonii (wood-SON-ee-eye) (Info)

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

10 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Pale Yellow
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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5 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative eliasastro On Oct 6, 2014, eliasastro from Athens
Greece (Zone 10a) wrote:

NOT REALLY HARDY TO FROST AND NEAR FREEZING TEMPERATURES. Had a relatively cold winter, with 4 snow spells and near freezing temperatures, but not true frost. I left the pot outdoors, thinking it was hardy, but it wasn't. The rhizomes rot.

Positive SierraTigerLily On Aug 24, 2008, SierraTigerLily from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

The tips of the buttons produce honey-like ginger nectar "straw" flowers which little kids loves to suck on. They're my favorite snack when I'm weeding.

Positive zoosey On Oct 15, 2006, zoosey from Orlando, FL wrote:

One of my absolute favorite plants! Probably the most dependable in my collection. I have it in a bed with birds of paradise and kimberly queen fern. The fern is well blended in with the lower portion of the plant and hardly noticeable until late fall when the ginger dies back, when the fern is very much appreciated. Grows back fuller and fuller each year and gets along greatly with the dense fern. The bed is in full sun and appreciates lots and lots of water! Its stiff upright stems prevent it from turning the patio into an obstacle course, unlike the philodendron and ruellia, which have proven to be some of my better mistakes.

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

This is a great species for the garden because it does not get too tall and it has a wide tolerance for sun or part shade and will tolerate salt better than most Costus. It is native on the Carribean side of Costa Rica and Panama where it grows right up to the edge of the beach in sunny conditions.

Dave Skinner

Positive ottojones On Aug 29, 2004, ottojones from Orlando, FL wrote:

Downtown Orlando, FL
This is a very good plant for a large container or to the front of a garden bed. Rapid growth begins with warming in early Spring and continues well into Fall. A large cluster with several plants in various stages of flowering adds dramatic accent. Very easily propogated from rhizome division and from stem cuttings and it also produces offsets below the mature bract.

Positive kamia On Sep 4, 2003, kamia from Athens, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

I find bees like to "hang out" on the plants shiny/waxy feeling cones yet I never do see any nests which is not a big deal unless you are allergic. Plant is cold hard to 30F/roots are cold hardy to 20F.

Moderately drought-tolerant with a medium salt tolerance. A very nice plant that I always get compliments on. Plant offers continuous blooms in tropical weather.


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

Apopka, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Bokeelia, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Deland, Florida
Delray Beach, Florida
Deltona, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Holiday, Florida
Inverness, Florida (2 reports)
Jacksonville, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Loxahatchee, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Melbourne Beach, Florida
Miami Beach, Florida
Naples, Florida (2 reports)
Orlando, Florida
Palm Coast, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Riverview, Florida
Rockledge, Florida
Ruskin, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Sanford, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Summerland Key, Florida
Winter Springs, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida

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