Plant ID forum: Spiral Ginger - Costus ID Please

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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Feb 26, 2015 9:18 AM CST
This picture was my daily jigsaw puzzle. I'd love to get one as I love the red stem. I know it's a long shot, but can anyone ID this for me please?

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Feb 26, 2015 9:40 AM CST
I'm really not great at identifying plants but maybe this one? Crepe Ginger (Cheilocostus speciosus)
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Feb 26, 2015 2:00 PM CST
Thanks Lin! Close enough.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Feb 26, 2015 2:04 PM CST
Just a guess on my part. Green Grin!
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Name: Dave Paul
Puna, HI (Zone 10b)
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Metrosideros
Mar 1, 2015 9:03 AM CST
Certainly a type of Costus.

Need to seed the flower head to figure a species.

Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Mar 1, 2015 9:05 AM CST
Thanks Dave, I just liked the red stems. The Costus I already have do not have the red stems.
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Name: Dave Paul
Puna, HI (Zone 10b)
Live in a rainforest, get wet feet.
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Metrosideros
Mar 1, 2015 9:20 AM CST
As a joke, here it is said that the plant grows fast and is hard to remove, and that's why it's called Cost-us.

Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Mar 1, 2015 9:39 AM CST
Lol - I like that!
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