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Costus mosaicus


Costus mosaicus

Family Name: Costaceae
Common Name: African Spiral Ginger


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution DR Congo
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Non-native

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form It is a small to medium sized ginger plant.
Foliage Its leaves are more attractive than the other gingers. The leaves are oblanceolate, silvery green. Its ligules are hairy, green with red edges.
Flowers Its inflorescence are borne both at basal and terminal of the plant. Flowers are tubular, white with light purple petals.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Propagation Method Division


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Green - Bluish Green

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Purple, White
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence

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Master ID 33627
Species ID 8041
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Species record last updated on: 26 August 2021.