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Gingersrus Database Taxon ID 7351

Costus erythrophyllus 'Silver Leaf'

OLD NAME: Costus erythrophyllus 'Silver Leaf'

NEW NAME: Costus erythrophyllus 'Silver Leaf'

NAME CHANGE NOTES: Form of Costus erythrophyllus common in cultivation


STATUS : registered cultivar

CONTINENT: Neotropical

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Plant has strongly plicate leaves with purplish undersides, long lobed ligules, glabrous throughout. It is very similar to the 'Grey Ghost' except that the upper side of the leaves are more greenish than grey. The origin is unknown but the first place I saw it was at June Stagg's Bear Creek Farms in Houston. I received it from Bob Campos in Houston and he said he purchased it in Houston but I do not know where.

This appears to be the same widely cultivated form of C. erythrophyllus that I have seen at many botanical gardens, and it may have originated from the Maas collection in Acre, Brazil. The name 'Silver Leaf' has apparently been given to this plant by someone who noticed the silvery look when light strikes a certain way.

Cultivar Description: This form of C. erythrophyllus is apparently named for the silvery sheen when the deeply plicate leaves are seen under certain lighting conditions. The leaf color is a medium green. This cultivar is similar to 'Grey Ghost' except for the leaf color, the more deeply plicate leaves, the stems which are green except at the base, and the deeply lobed ligules which are slightly longer at 25-30 mm. The plant grows to about 1 1/2 meters tall and is glabrous. The bracts have long, leafy appendages and the flowers are white with red stripes.

Cultivar Registry Photo at Cultivar published in the Heliconia Society Quarterly Bulletin, Vol. 20, No. 1, March, 2014.


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