Costus barbatus

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Spiral ginger
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Costaceae
Genus: Costus
Species: C. barbatus
Binomial name
Costus barbatus

Costus barbatus, also known as spiral ginger, is a perennial plant with a red inflorescence. It is one of the most commonly cultivated Costus species.

The foliage of Costus barbatus is dark green and fuzzy underneath. The long red inflorescences are complimented with bright yellow tubular flowers. Clumps spread easily and produce plants that normally get to six feet tall.

Costus barbatus is native to Costa Rica. Plants are pollinated by hummingbirds.[2] Costus barbatus are popular as cut flowers.


  1. ^ "Costus barbatus Suess.". The Plant List. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Lee, David (2010). Nature's Palette: The Science of Plant Color. University of Chicago Press. p. 193. ISBN 978-0-226-47105-1. Retrieved 14 July 2013.