Plant ID forum: Spiral Ginger (Costus malortieanus)

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Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
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microb
Aug 7, 2015 12:03 AM CST
I've only seen this one from the garden I got it from (with permission Smiling ). Never seen it in Nursery stores. Don't have one in bloom now but that foliage is unique, and it spreads by underground runners I think. Certainly seems to pop up where you least expect it. Growth height is about 30 inches. I'll post a bloom if I can find it in my photo archives.


Name: Greene
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greene
Aug 7, 2015 7:20 AM CST
Do you remember what color the bloom was?
Sure is a pretty plant.
Could it be a Costus malortieanus?
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Aug 14, 2015 11:25 AM CST
Good eye greene! The foliage does resemble C. malortieanus: http://www.gingersrus.com/images/ImageFrame.php?ImageID=1270...

http://www.google.com/search?q=costus+malortieanus&hl=en&gbv...
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Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
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microb
Aug 14, 2015 7:53 PM CST
thank you Lin. That does look about right. I just need to check the blooms when it comes out. I did not think mine was as orange but that foliage and bloom head is exactly right.
Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
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microb
Aug 23, 2015 11:37 PM CST
finally here is the bloom!



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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Aug 24, 2015 6:59 AM CST
Hurray! It sure looks like Spiral Ginger (Costus malortieanus) to me and the database could use a few more photos. Thumbs up
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