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Datasheet for Costus pictus red stemmed form

Plant Datasheet for Costus pictus red stemmed form

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Costus pictus
Photo# 15929 Accession# R2499
Costus pictus "red stemmed form" from Jerry Seymore


Costus pictus
Photo# 15930 Accession# R2499
Costus pictus "red stemmed form" from Jerry Seymore


Costus pictus
Photo# 15931 Accession# R2499
Costus pictus "red stemmed form" from Jerry Seymore


Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form)  red stem form from Jerry Seymour - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12427 Accession# R2500
Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form) red stem form from Jerry Seymour


Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form)  red stem form from Jerry Seymour - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12428 Accession# R2500
Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form) red stem form from Jerry Seymour


Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form) - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11423 Accession# R2888
Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form)


Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form)  ligule - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11424 Accession# R2888
Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form) ligule


Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form) - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11425 Accession# R2888
Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form)


Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form) - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11426 Accession# R2888
Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form)


Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form) - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11427 Accession# R2888
Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form)


Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form) - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11428 Accession# R2888
Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form)


Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form)  corolla - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11429 Accession# R2888
Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form) corolla


Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form)  corolla - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11430 Accession# R2888
Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form) corolla


Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form)  stamen - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11431 Accession# R2888
Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form) stamen


Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form)  red stems - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11432 Accession# R2888
Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form) red stems


Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form) - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11433 Accession# R2888
Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form)


Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form)  bracts - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11434 Accession# R2888
Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form) bracts


Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form)  bracts - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11435 Accession# R2888
Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form) bracts


Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form)  bracteole and calyx - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11436 Accession# R2888
Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form) bracteole and calyx


Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form)  bracteole - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11437 Accession# R2888
Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form) bracteole


Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form)  calyx - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11438 Accession# R2888
Costus pictus (broad leaf, red stem form) calyx


Costus pictus
Photo# 15932 Accession# R2888
Costus pictus "red stemmed form"


Costus pictus
Photo# 15933 Accession# R2888
Costus pictus "red stemmed form"


Costus pictus
Photo# 15934 Accession# R2888
Costus pictus "red stemmed form"


Costus pictus
Photo# 15935 Accession# R2888
Costus pictus "red stemmed form"


Costus pictus
Photo# 15936 Accession# R2888
Costus pictus "red stemmed form"


Costus pictus
Photo# 15937 Accession# R2888
Costus pictus "red stemmed form"


Costus pictus
Photo# 15938 Accession# R2888
Costus pictus "red stemmed form"


Costus pictus
Photo# 15939 Accession# R2888
Costus pictus "red stemmed form"


Costus pictus
Photo# 15940 Accession# R2888
Costus pictus "red stemmed form"


Costus pictus
Photo# 15941 Accession# R2888
Costus pictus "red stemmed form"


Costus pictus
Photo# 15942 Accession# R2888
Costus pictus "red stemmed form"


Costus pictus
Photo# 15943 Accession# R2888
Costus pictus "red stemmed form"


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PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Costus pictus red stemmed form
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME:
STATUS :
CONTINENT: Neotropical
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BOTANICAL NOTES:
This form of the species Costus pictus is short in stature growing to about 1 1/2 meters tall, has reddish colored stems and larger flowers than the popular cultivated form 'Hieroglyphics'. It is the same as the Puerto Rican plant that is known as "Planta Insulina".

ACCESSION NOTES:
This form of C. pictus is one of the hardiest Costus and easiest to bring to flower in colder climates. I have it from two sources: R2499 and 2500 from Jerry Seymore in Houston and R2888 from the Smith College in Massachusetts, originally from a doctor in Puerto Rico. I have been growing it outdoors in my Tallahassee, Florida (USDA zone 8B) garden for many years and it never fails, even after the coldest winter.

GINGERSRUS CATALOG LISTING:
Costus pictus red stemmed form - flower I had seen this Costus in collections in the Houston area, in "Jungle Jerry's" garden to be precise. (You Houston area gardeners have probably heard of Jerry Seymour and his garden on the north side.) The specimen I got from Jerry has never bloomed, but another specimen I got from Smith College in Massachusetts finally bloomed for me this past summer and I was able to positively identify it as a form of Costus pictus. Some of you may know of Costus pictus in the usual form, with the patterns on the stems, sometimes called Costus heiroglyphica. I have some of it listed in my collector series.

The flower and inflorescence is virtually identical on this plant, but the stems are a striking red color instead of the patterned stem of the more common form. Other than that, there is nothing all that special about this plant, except for its relative rarity in the horticultural trade. So if you are one of those people who just have to have one of everything, here's your chance to get this one.

As for cultivation, I can only assume it will be hardy as the other form. Tim Chapman lists it on his site and gives it a zone 8 rating, and he is probably right. I am growing it in about 5 hours direct sun, and if it is like the other form it will take a pretty wide range of light conditions from light shade to part sun. It should be grown in rich, moist organic soil.


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