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Gingers: Costus cuspidatus

Botanical name: Costus cuspidatus

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 cuspidatus"

Costus cuspidatus is a Brazilian native. A small ginger, Costus cuspidatus reaches only 2 feet high. Leaves are large (8 inches long) dark green with maroon underneath. The orange flowers are large (3 inches). 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 Brazil.

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