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Costus Malortieanus - Plant

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Stepladder Ginger is easily recognized by the broad felty leaves on plant less than 1 metre tall, inflorescence with green non-appendaged bracts and showy open flowers, yellow striped with red.
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Description for Costus Malortieanus

Winter hardy to USDA Zones 10-11 where this tropical plant is best grown in organically rich, consistently moist, well-drained soils in part shade. Tolerates close to full shade. Intolerant of freezing temperatures.

It is a perennial, native to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. It is an ornamental plant grows to about a meter in height and shade loving, The flowers are borne in terminal spikes are yellow striped with red in colour, favourite to humming birds.

Common nameFlower coloursBloom timeHeightDifficulty
Spiral flag, Spiral ginger, Step-ladder plant, Velvet costusYellow Summer / Autumn6.00 to 8.00 feetEasy to grow

Planting and care

  • Plant where they will receive a minimum of 5 to 6 hours of full sun per day.
  • Plants grown in weak sun may not die at once but they weaken gradually
  • Give them plenty of organic matter when planting and don’t crowd them.
  • Wear sturdy gloves to protect your hands from prickly thorns.
  • SunlightSoilWaterTemperatureFertilizer
    Part shade / shadeMoist well drained soilModerate.22-26 °CApply any organic fertilizer

    Caring for Costus Malortieanus


    • Plant care is not difficult but does require vigilance.The vines need to be trained early when they are young. You may use plant ties or just weave them through trellis sections.

    • Fertilize the plant in spring just before new growth appears.Pinch off the tips of the vines in the second year to promote branching which will fill the trellis with bushy growth.

    Typical uses of Costus Malortieanus

    Special features: Greenhouse or indoor plant. Flowers are spectacular, but plants are otherwise not particularly ornamental.

    Ornamental use: Costus malortieanus is widely cultivated and used as an ornamental plant.

    Medicinal use:

  • Costus pictus is a medicinal plant and capable of having Magic Cure for Diabetes
  • Treatment of asthma
  • Eliminates intestinal worms


  • Note:- The following information is general guidelines. Be sure to ask your healthcare provider for guidelines.

    References

    • http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/
    • http://www.flowersofindia.net/
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