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12pack
Nov 9, 2017 3:46 PM CST
I dont know the name of it im trying to find out if it can handle the winter in northwest florida.
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plantladylin
Nov 9, 2017 5:36 PM CST
Hi 12pack, Welcome!

Your plant reminds me of Gingers (Zingiber) We have lots of them in the database, many with photos for comparison: https://garden.org/plants/sear...

Hopefully someone will recognize it and be able to offer an exact ID.
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tofitropic
Nov 9, 2017 7:30 PM CST
I believes it is Costus Sp, most likely costus speciosus, (Cheilocostus speciosus, or crepe ginger) however flower will be needed to confirm I guess.
Crepe Ginger (Hellenia speciosa)
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DaisyI
Nov 9, 2017 8:30 PM CST
Tofi, that looks like a match. I was having a problem with a ginger plant with all leaves on one side of the stem. Smiling
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Name: Tofi
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tofitropic
Nov 9, 2017 8:38 PM CST
I hope the ID is correct, the spiral/crepe ginger is so very common here in Sumatra-Indonesia, as it is native here, and used a lot in traditional herbal remedies.
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12pack
Nov 9, 2017 8:47 PM CST
tofitropic said:I hope the ID is correct, the spiral/crepe ginger is so very common here in Sumatra-Indonesia, as it is native here, and used a lot in traditional herbal remedies.


After looking it up it's not right. The pictures i seen were purple stalks but the one i have starts purple then after about 3 foot turns green.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Nov 9, 2017 9:30 PM CST
I think Tofitropic got it right, a variety of Costus or Costus related:
Spiral Ginger (Costus comosus)
Fiery Costus (Chamaecostus cuspidatus)
Red Button Ginger (Costus woodsonii)
Ginger (Costus scaber)
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Sumatera, Indonesia
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tofitropic
Nov 9, 2017 9:34 PM CST
As with many of organism, plants are quite variable, including stem coloration on this one. The link on NGA is just an example, there are many other sources, but again flowers are needed sometimes.
How ever a mystery ID makes gardening becoming more interesting.

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