Orange Tulip Ginger (Costus curvibracteatus)
Costus curvibracteatus Maas 1975, commonly called Orange Tulip Ginger, Orange Spiral Ginger or just Spiral Ginger is a perennial, tropical plant, native to the Central American countries Costa Rica and Panama.
The Orange Tulip Ginger, well-liked for its orange, sometimes red flower bracts, belongs to the order Zingiberales (ginger plants) and is a member of the Costaceae family. The showy tropical plant is best cultivated in clumps, as its attractive leaves will cover the ground and protect the soil from drying out. The Orange Tulip Ginger requires abundant watering and a half-shady to shady location. Plants get heights of 30 – 90 cm, occasionally they grow even higher. With good conditions the Orange Tulip Ginger blooms all around the year. Costus curvibracteatus doesn`t tolerate freezing temperatures. Leaves will die back with temperatures below 0°C, rhizomes will die with temperatures below -5°C. The tropical plant has been collected, named and described by the Dutch botanist Paulus Johannes Maria Maas (born 1939) in the year 1976. Like Heliconia plants, the long-lasting Orange Tulip Ginger inflorescences are very popular as cut flowers and often used for exotic floral decorations and flower bouquets.
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