Costus lucanusianus is another of the spiral ginger group. These plants have thin stems that grow nearly vertical with little spiraling of the leaves. Their mature height is about 6-8 feet. The bracts on the cone structure are open (not tightly compressed). Flowers emerge one or two at a time from the bracts, and last only a day. Unlike many other Costus, this species will produce two flowers per bract. The individual flowers are one inch to 1 1/2 inches across and have a thin, tissue-like texture.
Costus lucanusianus is an African species and probably hardy only to USDA Zone 9B.