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Tapeinochilos ananassae

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Tapeinochilos is a close relative to Costus - one of seven genera in the plant family Costaceae. They are known for their showy, waxy bracts which last for a very long time. Tapeinochilos ananassae is the best of the basal bloomers in the genus. It produces bright red waxy bracts that resemble the foliage of a pineapple plant. Common names given to this species are "Indonesian wax ginger" or "pineapple gingers". It is an easy bloomer, extremely long lasting and showy.

The plant grows to about 6 feet tall as a potted specimen, with branching stems and spiraling dark green leaves. It must be grown in a greenhouse except in frost free areas, but otherwise it is not difficult to grow and it flowers very easily.


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