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Spiral Ginger
Scientific Name: Costus malortieanus H. Wendl.
Family: Costaceae
Spiral Ginger (Costus  malortieanus)
Costus malortieanus with a flower bud, in the NYBG greenhouse in mid April
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 11-12

Frost Tolerance: Greenhouse, or container plant in Phoenix, keep above 50F (10C), needs high air humidity

Sun Exposure: Light shade to full sun

Origin: Nicaragua, Costa Rica

Growth Habits: Perennial, up to 40 inches tall (100 cm)

Watering Needs: The soil should stay moist and well drained, mulch is a must

Propagation: Division, cane cuttings

Cultural Practices:
Fertilize regularly with palm fertilizer.

Blooming Habits:

Fruiting Habits:

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