Costus scaber rhizome
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Ornamental ginger species with edible flower petals! Flowers emerge a few at a time over most of the summer.
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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.
|Foliage:||large green leaves arranged in a spiral pattern around the cane|
|Lifecycle:||2 (0: N/A, 1: annual, 2: perennial, 3: biennial)|
|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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