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Costus malortieanus

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Costus malortieanus - flower Costus malortieanus is a very popular ginger in the warmest parts of the southern United States. It has wonderful velvety foliage and you will just love to stroke and a nice dark green color. It is a relatively short plant in the ginger world, normally growing to a height of about 3 feet, but I have seen it a little taller than that. The flowers are also quite attractive as you can see from the pictures to the right.

I have seen references rating this Costus as zone 8B hardy, but I have not tested for cold hardiness myself. Even the very conservative Bob Riffle in The Tropical Look says it is root hardy in zone 9. I do know that cool weather (in the low forties or upper thirties will cause the foliage to shrivel and die on the edges, so I just don't trust those ratings to be perfectly honest, and I guess that is why I have never tested it outdoors here in winter.

This Costus seems to prefer shadier conditions than most, but I have grown it with no problems in a couple of hours of direct mid-day sun, so long as the soil was kept moist. As with most gingers, it prefers a moist, organic and fertile soil during active growth.


Costus malortieanus flowers Costus malortieanus - beautiful foliage

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