Family:
Costaceae
Scientific Name:
Costus speciosus
Toxins:
saponins
Flower Color:
Found:
ornamental, gardens, forests

Geographical Distribution

Crape ginger distribution - United States

Crape Ginger

Costus speciosus

Canereed, Crape Ginger, Malay Ginger
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Crape ginger (Costus speciosus) is a perennial tropical evergreen which is native to Malaysia. It produces white showy flowers which emerge from dark red to reddish purple bracts on pinecone-shaped, terminal inflorescences.

The rhizomes of this plant contain saponins and other unidentified alkaloids. If large quantities are ingested, it can irritate the gastrointestinal tract.