General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 6 to 8 feet
Plant Spread: 2 to 3 feet
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Other: Attractive red bracts bear white flowers that resemble crepe paper.
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant

Common names
  • Crepe Ginger
  • Cane Reed
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Hellenia speciosa
  • Synonym: Costus speciosus
  • Synonym: Cheilocostus speciosus

Plant Events from our members
tabbycat On July 20, 2022 Bloomed
2nd stem in pot now equal to 1st about 4' has blooming flower
tabbycat On July 4, 2022 Bloomed
Pure white crepe like name opens 1 or 2 tubular flowers at a time around top of a small cone. Note Sonia has a red version she posted so we may exchange some in Fall.
tabbycat On June 25, 2022 Bloomed
Found a bud starting in center of 1st 4' stem.
tabbycat On June 1, 2022 Plant emerged
A second stem has emerged next to original & is about 4"
tabbycat On May 14, 2022 Obtained plant
Never heard of it but looked interesting & free as a trade meeting by Blackham Cols
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