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Costus productus var. productus

Family Name: Costaceae
Semi-Shade Lots of Water Moderate Water Occasional Misting Bird-Attracting Ornamental Flowers


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Infraspecific Epithet


Native Distribution Peru
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Spiral ginger to 1m tall, pseudo stems growing upright initially but often sprawling thereafter
Foliage Leaves mid green, hairy, to 15cm long by 5(6)cm side. Ligule of leaf sheaths light green, to 3.5cm long by 2cm wide, overlapping the bases of the succeeding leaf sheaths. 
Flowers Inflorescence to 15cm tall. Bracts bright red;  flowers tubular to 5cm in length, bright yellow. Lip lobed, bright red with faint yellow markings.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Form
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Container Planting
Thematic Landscaping Bird & Wildlife Garden

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Fauna Pollination Dispersal Associated Fauna Bird Attracting (Flowers)
Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Lots of Water, Moderate Water, Occasional Misting
Pest(s) Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Division


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Hairy / Hirsute

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Orange, Red, Yellow / Golden
Flower Texture(s) Waxy
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence

Image Repository



Master ID 30886
Species ID 5263
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Species record last updated on: 18 September 2020.