Costaceae (costus family) 

    The Costaceae family consists of four genera and over 150 species.  Costus are native to tropical areas of Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas.  The largest genus is Costus, with over 100 species.  Other genera include Tapeinochilos, with about 20 species, Dimerocostus (two species) and Monocostus (one species).

     Costus villosissimus (N.J. Jacquin, 1800-1809)
1995-2003 Missouri Botanical Garden

    Montoso Gardens is currently growing the following costus:

 

Scientific Name Common Name Plant Family

Costus amazonicus variegata

variegated costus

Costaceae

Costus barbatus

red tower ginger

Costaceae

Costus curvibracteatus 'Green Mountain'

costus

Costaceae

Costus cuspidatus

fiery costus

Costaceae

Costus erythrothyrsus 'Red Lollipop'

costus

Costaceae

Costus guanaiesis

 

Costaceae

Costus lasius

costus

Costaceae

Costus pictus

costus

Costaceae

Costus pulverulentus

costus

Costaceae

Costus sp. 'Buddha's Belly'

Buddha's belly costus

Costaceae

Costus sp. 'Eden Pride'

costus

Costaceae

Costus sp. 'Green Costus'

costus

Costaceae

Costus speciosus

crepe ginger

Costaceae

Costus spicatus

Indianhead ginger

Costaceae

Costus spiralis

spiral costus

Costaceae

Costus stenophyllus

red snake

Costaceae

Tapeinochilos ananassae

Indonesian wax ginger

Costaceae

 

 
 

 

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