Closeup photo of crepe ginger white flower blossoming in the garden in Singapore (Costus speciosus)

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Closeup photo of crepe ginger white flower blossoming in the garden in Singapore (Costus speciosus)

By Mary Ellen Ellis Costus plants are pretty plants related to ginger that produce a stunning flower spike, one per plant. While these plants require a warm climate, they can also be enjoyed in containers that can be brought indoors in the winter in colder climates. What are Costus Plants? Costus plants are related to ginger and at one time were classified with them in the Zingiberaceae family. Now they have their own family, Costaceae. These plants are subtropical to tropical and develop from a rhizome that produces one flower on a spike. Costus plants are great for height in the landscape, as they can grow up to 6-10 feet (2-3 meters) tall. They are hardy to zones 7 through 12. Varieties of Costus The costus plants come in several varieties. Most common is Costus speciosus, also known as crepe ginger. The name describes the crepe-like, pale pink flowers. Crepe

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