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Cheilocostus speciosus 'Variegatus'

Family Name: Costaceae
Synonyms: Costus speciosus 'Variegatus'
Common Name: Variegated Spiral Ginger, 班叶闭鞘姜
Semi Shade Lots of Water Moderate Water Occasional Misting Ornamental Flowers Ornamental Leaves Herbaceous Plant


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Infraspecific Epithet
Name Status (botanical)
Common Names

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant


Native Distribution Of horticultural origin
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Spiral ginger to 2m tall
Foliage Leaves with cream/white stripes
Flowers Flowers white, to 8cm across
Ethnobotanical Uses Edible Plant Parts (Edible Flowers)

Landscaping Features

Landscaping Can be used as a focal plant or a low hedge to screen off unsightly areas.
Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Stems
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna) (Insects (Bee))

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Occasional Misting, Lots of Water, Moderate Water
Pest(s) Chewing Insects, Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Stem Cutting, Division
Plant Growth Rate Remarks Is less vigorous in growth in comparison with the all green form.


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, White, Cream / Off-White
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 3.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Monocot)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) White
Flower Texture(s) Smooth, Thin
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flowering Period Free-Flowering

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Master ID 576
Species ID 1871
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Species record last updated on: 14 October 2021.