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Cheilocostus speciosus - Bulb

Cheilocostus speciosus - Bulb
Cheilocostus speciosus has true stems which spiral like a corkscrew.
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Description for Cheilocostus speciosus

It has the only one row of spirally arranged leaves. It is a tall and dramatic landscape plant with large dark green leaves. The plant reproduces vegetatively by rhizome, and birds disperse the seeds when they feed on the fruits.

The a large crepy object is not the petal, but the stamen - the three true petals of each flower are difficult to identify.

Common name(s): Crepe Ginger, cane-reed, Malay ginger, spiral flag, spiral ginger, wild ginger
Flower colours: Red bracts with white flower
Bloom time: October to December or late summer or early fall
Max reacahble height: Up to 10 feet tall in frost-free areas, but is typically small as a potted plant.
Difficulty to grow:: Easy to grow

Planting and care

It is naturally found at roadside ditches and low lying areas in the forest.

Sunlight: Full Sun, Semi-Shade
Soil: Well-drained soil
Water: Moderate Water, Occasional Misting
Temperature: 14 to 22 degrees C
Fertilizer: Prefer an organic fertilizer.

Caring for Cheilocostus speciosus

  • Water a plant when the soil feels dry to touch.
  • Apply mulch for the spring season.
  • Remove dead and damaged plant parts.


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Typical uses of Cheilocostus speciosus

Special features: The plant has many historical uses in Ayurveda.

Culinary use: The leaves may be used in few dishes.

Ornamental use: It can be planted as a roadside tree, in the parks & gardens, as hedge or screening etc.

Medicinal use: This plant is cultivated in India for its medicinal uses.


  • http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Crepe%20Ginger.html
  • https://florafaunaweb.nparks.gov.sg/special-pages/plant-detail.aspx?id=1869
  • https://growerjim.blogspot.in/2010/07/cheilocostus-speciosus.html

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