Costus spiralis is a herbaceous perennial species in the Costaceae family, commonly known as Spiral Ginger. Originating from southern North America, this plant is adapted to tropical climates and produces showy, red blooms. Leaves are large and borne on interesting spiralling stems. This plant is grown for these spirally-arranged leaves, and also the showy flowers. These are produced in dense terminal heads, with three petals forming a tubular shape and overall they resemble pine-cones in their appearance.