Costus scaber rhizome

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Costus scaber rhizome

Ornamental ginger species with edible flower petals! Flowers emerge a few at a time over most of the summer.

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(Costus scaber)

Evergreen foliage in tropical locations or deciduous perennial to zone 8. Can be grown in containers anywhere. Orange "cones" appear on the tops of the canes and a tubular flower appears from each bract over the course of the summer. The flowers are edible with a fruity flavor and crunchy, juicy texture. You will receive a large rhizome with the canes cut off for shipping.


Flowers:orange, tubular
Foliage:large green leaves arranged in a spiral pattern around the cane
Lifecycle:2    (0: N/A, 1: annual, 2: perennial, 3: biennial)
Height:5-6 feet
Diameter:2-3 feet
Container Planting:yes

Cultural Requirements:

USDA Zones:8 to 11
Propagation / Germination:In warm climates, plant in the ground immediately and new canes will quickly establish the plant. In cold-winter areas, overwinter in a dormant state in pots in a cool location indoors and keep barely damp. In spring plant in the ground or move to an outdoor location and begin watering. New growth will resume with warmth and moisture.
Spacing:1 to 2 feet
Sun:Sun or shade
Water:drought tolerant once established, but growth will be more vigorous with steady moisture
Pests and Diseases:No serious pests or diseases

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