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Gingers: Costus barbatus

Botanical name: Costus barbatus

Common name: Ginger

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Sprite
created by:
chief cultivator

Mercer island, Wa

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Soil: damp, acidic, sand
Sun:
  
Zones: 9a thru 11b
Care:
average
Lifespan:
perennial
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description for "Gingers: Costus barbatus"

Costus barbatus produces an inflorescence is made up of hard red bracts with yellow flowers that lasts nearly one month. Costus barbatus typically reaches a height of 7 feet. Gingers appreciate a sweet soil and filtered sunlight. Water well during growing season of spring and summer and limit water in winter. Gingers produce long lasting flowers that are also good cut flowers. Heavily mulch gingers, but keep mulch from touching the plant's stem. Divide plants in summer.

History:

Native to Costa Rica.

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