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Spiral ginger
Scientific Name: Costus barbatus Suess.
Family: Costaceae
Spiral ginger (Costus  barbatus)
Costus barbatus in the New York Botanical Garden greenhouse
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 25-27
USDA: 9-10

Frost Tolerance: Needs to be kept inside from December to February in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Light shade

Origin: Costa Rica

Growth Habits:

Watering Needs: Abundant water during growth periods

Propagation: Clump division, stem cuttings

Spiral Gingers take their names from their spiral arranged leaves. There are a number of species native from tropical America, Africa, and Australia. They are fairly different from other gingers, and many botanists give them their own family (Costaceae).

Cultural Practices:
Spirals Gingers are not adapted to Phoenix weather, winter is difficult since they don't tolerate long periods of weather below 68 F (20 C). Keep them inside in winter. They also need more humidity than the average garden in Phoenix provides. Use regular application of palm fertilizer, and use mulch.

Blooming Habits:
The Costus barbatus is a very popular cut flower. The blossom can last as long as a month on the plant.

Fruiting Habits:

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