Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Cheilocostus speciosus 'Variegatus', Spiral Ginger

Cheilocostus speciosus 'Variegatus'

New to me....It grows to about 1.5 metres and like other "Gingers" it likes rich moist soil in a sunny or partly shaded position that is sheltered from cold wind during winter if growing in a temperate climate.
2017 update: I no longer grow this.


  1. Great to see ginger spiraling that way. It is nice to see flowers emerging from a cluster of buds. ~bangchik

  2. There are many varieties in this Costus.One variety is called 'Insulin Plant' because it encourages the production of insulin in our body. It is used in Indian medicine to treat diabetes.

  3. Ian,
    Very cool plant! I enjoyed many different gingers while visiting Belize, most were past their prime.