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Costus villosissimus

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Costus villosissimus flower Costus villisissimus is easily recognized by its extremely hairy stems and leaves, long stiff hairs that have given it the name "porcupine ginger". I have usually seen it growing in areas with fairly distinct dry seasons from Costa Rica as far south as southern Ecuador on the Pacific side of the Andes. It is a beautiful spiral ginger whether in flower or not. It grows quite tall, to 8 or 9 feet in the tropics, and the terminal flowers are gorgeous, a soft pure yellow against green appendaged bracts.

I have been growing it in my greenhouse for several years and it is a reliable bloomer, but must be grown in warm, moist conditions and allowed to get quite tall before it will flower.


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