Monday, September 8, 2014

Stepladder Ginger

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.

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