Common name: Stepladder Ginger
Botanical name: Costus malortieanus
Family: COSTACEAE (Spiral Ginger family)
Synonyms: Costus elegans
Stepladder Ginger is a perennial, native to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. It is an ornamental plant grows to about a meter in height and shade loving, easily recognized by the broad and dark green velvety foliage. Inflorescence with green non-appendaged bracts and showy open flowers. The flowers borne in terminal spikes are yellow striped with red in colour, favourite to humming birds.