Costus afer - Spiral Ginger
Spiral Ginger is native to Africa where it's grown as food and for its amazing medicinal purposes. It's also gorgeous.
This vigorous ginger can grow to 6' tall. Blooms are bright pink and yellow with white throats emerging from dense cones spring and summer. The foliage grows in a dramatic spiral that almost outshines the blooms. The image here is from a variegated plant. Yours may be solid green, still equally magnificent.
Spiral Ginger is easy to grow. It thrives in warm zones 9-11, in full sun or part shade, needs rich, well drained soil and even moisture. It takes well to container culture indoors, but this a vigorous grower and will need frequent re-potting to control its size.
This is one spectacular plant.
25 fresh seeds