• Cheilocostus speciosus
  • Cheilocostus speciosus

Cheilocostus speciosus

Crêpe Ginger, Crêpe Paper Ginger, Spiral Ginger, Spiral Flag, Cane-Reed, Malay Ginger, White Costus, Corkscrew Ginger
Size: ex 3L pots

Availability: In stock

£19.99

Quick Overview

  • Unusual spiral foliage arrangement
  • Large attractive glossy leaves
  • White flowers on red cone-shaped inflorescence
  • Root hardy in warmer areas if heavily mulched
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Description

Cheilocostus speciosus, Spiral or Crêpe Ginger, is an extremely attractive Ginger with large glossy leaves arranged in an elegant and showy spiral formation around the stem. In late autumn it forms a red cone-shaped terminal inflorescence from which emerge white crinkled flowers that resemble crêpe paper. Like many gingers it requires a lot of heat and extra feeding to get it to a flowering stage in the UK. Cold tolerant, but best considered half-hardy, most gardeners will find they need to keep it fleeced under glass in a frost-free environment over winter. In some favoured southwest and coastal locations, it can be tried outdoors in a warm sheltered location, good drainage and a thick mulch.

Additional Information

Order Zingiberales
Family Zingiberaceae
Sub-Family No
Synonyms Amomum arboreum, Amomum hirsutum, Banksea speciosa, Cardamomum arboreum, Costus angustifolius, Costus argyrophyllus, Costus crispiflorus, Costus foeniculaceus, Costus formosanus, Costus glaber, Costus glabratus, Costus hirsutus, Costus lamingtonii, Costus loureiroi, Costus nipalensis, Costus potierae, Costus sericeus, Costus speciosus, Costus speciosus var. angustifolius, Costus speciosus var. argyrophyllus, Costus speciosus var. dilnavaziae, Costus speciosus var. formosanus, Costus speciosus var. glaber, Costus speciosus var. hirsutus, Costus speciosus var. hirsutus, Costus speciosus var. leocalyx, Costus speciosus var. sericeus, Costus spicatus var. pubescens, Costus vaginalis, Hellenia grandiflora, Kaempferia speciosa, Planera speciosa, Tsiana speciosa
Geographical Origin Indian sub-continent, South China, South East Asia, Taiwan, Micronesia, Australia.
Cultivation Warm, sheltered aspect, slightly shaded without full sun. Humid atmosphere. Moist, humus-rich, fertile, well-drained soil. Water and feed well in the summer and mulch heavily in winter.
Eventual Height 1.7m-2m
Eventual Spread 1 m
Hardiness Root hardy in warmer locations/milder winters with heavy mulching. Keep dryish in winter. In colder locations, dig the rhizomes, keep in a frost-free environent and plant again in Spring

Cheilocostus speciosus

Crêpe Ginger, Crêpe Paper Ginger, Spiral Ginger, Spiral Flag, Cane-Reed, Malay Ginger, White Costus, Corkscrew Ginger
Size: ex 3L pots

Availability: In stock

£19.99
You could receive 20 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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