Variegated Crepe Ginger, Variegated Spiral Ginger
Cheilocostus speciosus 'Foster Variegated'

Family: Costaceae
Genus: Cheilocostus
Species: speciosus (spee-see-OH-sus) (Info)
Cultivar: Foster Variegated
Synonym:Costus speciosus

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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

Where to Grow:

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Height:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

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Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Variegated

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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

From woody stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Jacksonville, Florida

Punta Gorda, Florida

Trenton, Florida

Denham Springs, Louisiana

Greenwell Springs, Louisiana

New Iberia, Louisiana

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Austin, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Sep 7, 2001, justmeLisa from Brewers, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

A great costus that is more cold hardy than other costus. It grows shorter than the other costus also-easier to grow and easy to bloom. Also known as "variegated crepe ginger" this ginger has reddish spiral stems with nice variegated foliage. The underside of the leaves are a have a wonderful velvet texture. Dark maroon terminal cones are formed and the white flowers emerge from the cone. The varigated costus is not as hardy as the non-varigated forms. This ginger also makes a great house plant.