What is this ginger?

annafl(z9b/10a Sarasota)August 4, 2005

The new foliage is pink.

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minibim(FL z10)

Definitely a Costus. Are the undersides of the leaves a maroonish color?

    Bookmark   August 4, 2005 at 7:59PM
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annafl(z9b/10a Sarasota)

Minibim, the undersides of the leaves are green. It was a new plant this year and it's just getting going. I find it very attractive so far. It's had a rough life so far. The dog broke its first stem, then grasshoppers ate most of the second stem. It is just now starting to gain strength.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2005 at 11:22PM
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minibim(FL z10)

Are the leaves "fuzzy" underneath? The leaf looks like C. speciosus to me and if the leaves are "fuzzy" underneath that could make it C. speciosus.

I am at a loss as to why the new leaves are coming in pink, personally I have never seen that in any of mine.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2005 at 8:43AM
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annafl(z9b/10a Sarasota)

Minibim,

No the leaves are not fuzzy underneath. I bought it from Dave Skinner, but I can't get a hold of him. It is supposed to have pink new growth, and it does. Quite pretty. Does have the same habit as costus speciosus, but lost the tag. Thanks for trying to help.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2005 at 1:00PM
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GingersRus(Tallahassee z8B)

Anna just sent me an email about this - I had not noticed her question here on Garden Web. It is Costus globosus, an Asian Costus that has basal blooms. More information and photos on my website at the link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Costus globosus on GingersRus website

    Bookmark   August 13, 2005 at 7:47AM
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annafl(z9b/10a Sarasota)

Thanks, Dave.

I couldn't get through to your email from your website. Yesterday I noticed you were actually in my address book and I emailed you from there!

I hope I can record this in a safe place. Thank-you.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2005 at 11:16AM
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