Fiery Costus Plant (Chamaecostus cuspidatus) Care – How to Take Care & Grow Fiery Costus Plant

This plant is unusual in that the leaves spiral around the stem. Each leaf, which can be 6in/15cm in length, is oblong, glossy on the surface, and reddish below. The flowers, borne in summer, are 2-3in/5-8cm long, with an orange tube and a deep yellow lip.

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There are different color types like: Costus speciosus, Malay or crepe ginger, has white flowers; those of C. spiralis are red. C. pulverulentus (C. sanguineus) also has red flowers and decorative 4-in/10-cm-long pointed leaves, which are bluish-green and accentuated with silvery central ribs.

Fiery Costus FACT FILE

ORIGIN Brazil.
HEIGHT To 2ft/60cm.
POTTING MIX Soil-based.
REPOTTING In early spring, when the pot becomes overcrowded.
PROPAGATION Divide and repot the roots in spring, or take 4-in/10-cm-long stem cuttings at any time of year.
KEEPING PLANTS Cut out old canes at the base when new growth appears.

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Fiery Costus PLANT CARE

  • Bright indirect light.
  • Normal room temperature.
  • Keep the soil moist at all times.
  • Apply a weak liquid fertilizer once a month to actively growing plants.

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