The Costus plants are actually a pretty plant that is related to ginger and they also produce a stunning flower spike, one per plant. The Costus plants however require a warm climate and they also enjoyed be grown in containers that can be easily brought indoors in the winter in colder climates.


Costus Plant Info

 The Costus plants are actually related to ginger and at one time they were classified with them in the Zingiberaceae family, but now the plant have their own family, Costaceae. The Costus plants are subtropical to tropical and they develop from a rhizome that produces one flower on a spike. The Costus plants are also great for height in the landscape, as they can easily grow up to six to ten feet tall. The Costus plants are hardy to zones seven through twelve.


Costus Varieties

There are several varieties of Costus plants. The most common variety is Costus speciosus which also known as crepe ginger. The name actually describes the crepe-like, pale pink flowers. The Crepe ginger variety is one of the tallest varieties of Costus. Also the Costus varzeareanum is an interesting addition to the garden. Its purple leaf undersides provide color and interest even when the plant is not flowering. Another variety of Costus is Costos productus, this variety grows lower than other types of Costus. This particular variety also has edible, sweet-tasting flowers. You might likely find other varieties of Costus when you are searching for crepe ginger and its relatives. There are also multiple cultivars as well, which include different colors of flowers, like yellow, red, chocolate brown, pink, orange, and everything in between.  


Growing Costus Plants

Actually growing Costus crepe ginger and some other varieties of this subtropical to tropical plant is not too hard if you have the right conditions and the Costus plant information. The Costus plants need warmth and will not tolerate much frost. The Costus plants do need to be kept drier in the winter. You need to fertilize and keep them moist in the spring. All the varieties of Costus plants are well suited to partial shade and morning light. With more sun the Costus plants need more water. Regardless of their location, the plant should be well watered at all times. Also the soil should be light and needs to drain well. Diseases and pests are not actually major issues for Costus plants. 

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