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Variegated Spiral Ginger

Costus arabicus 'Variegatus'

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

3m

Max

1m

1m

Min

50cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Variegated Spiral Ginger

A close up of the variegated green and white leaves of Costus arabicus 'Variegatus' - Spiral Ginger
A pot grown plant of Costus arabicus 'Variegatus" - Varigated Spiral Ginger.

Variegated Spiral Ginger Overview

Costus arabicus 'Variegatus is an evergreen perennial with green and white variegated leaves that grow on a spiralling stem that, in summer are topped with showy tubular white flowers that can resemble pine-cones. Also known as Variegated Spiral Ginger, this plant originating from southern North America, and is adapted to tropical climates. If being grown in frost-prone areas, it can be grown in pots that can be moved under cover during cooler months and suits being grown as a conservatory or houseplant.

How to propagate Variegated Spiral Ginger

Cuttings

Take 20cm (8") length stem cuttings during the summer and lay them on the surface of compost.

Special features of Variegated Spiral Ginger

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Attracts butterflies

Attracts birds

Attracts bees

Indoor plant

Pot plant