Costus spicatus produces a short cylindrical red cone with red-orange flowers emerging one at a time, long lasting and used as a cut flower. These plants often have close interactions with ants. The plant makes a sugary nectar which is attractive to many different kinds of ants. Ants protect the developing seeds which are under the bracts from insect enemies. Some plants have very specialized ants: they form an alliance only with one ant species, that not only get food from the plant but also get a place to nest.
“The saddest people I've ever met in life are the ones who don't care deeply about anything at all. Passion and satisfaction go hand in hand, and without them, any happiness is only temporary, because there's nothing to make it last.” ~ Nicholas Sparks, Dear John
Those are beautiful.
Six to seven feet tall is a BIG plant!
That's a ginger plant? How very interesting. Also the information about the ants. I really enjoyed this post.
Thanks for the info! Don't know much about gingers:) Pretty andtall!
The clarity in these shots is wonderful.
I admired ginger plants during our vacations in the Dominican Republic. Very impressive plants and beautiful flowers.
Beautiful flower photos!
The things we learn on the internet! Nice photos.
Lovely post. And very informative too. Thanks.
I've been growing Costus Apackitus recently. It seems almost human....
Thank you for sharing your post with us at Today's Flowers. Your photos are always lovely but I also found the information about the ants very interesting. Wishing you a great weekend :)
The flowers are beautiful and I love the quote.
Beautiful series and very interesting to read about the ants.
Nicholas Sparks is a favorite of mine - lovely quote!
a nice flower. :)
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