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Datasheet for Costus pictus red stemmed form

Plant Datasheet for Costus pictus red stemmed form


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Photo# 11423 Specimen# R2888
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
From cultivated, Puerto Rico


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Photo# 11424 Specimen# R2888
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 11425 Specimen# R2888
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 11426 Specimen# R2888
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 11427 Specimen# R2888
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 11428 Specimen# R2888
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 11429 Specimen# R2888
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 11430 Specimen# R2888
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 11431 Specimen# R2888
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 11432 Specimen# R2888
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 11433 Specimen# R2888
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 11434 Specimen# R2888
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 11435 Specimen# R2888
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 11436 Specimen# R2888
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 11437 Specimen# R2888
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 11438 Specimen# R2888
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 12427 Specimen# R2500
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 12428 Specimen# R2500
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 15929 Specimen# R2499
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 15930 Specimen# R2499
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 15931 Specimen# R2499
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 15932 Specimen# R2888
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 15933 Specimen# R2888
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 15934 Specimen# R2888
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 15935 Specimen# R2888
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 15936 Specimen# R2888
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 15937 Specimen# R2888
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 15938 Specimen# R2888
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 15939 Specimen# R2888
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 15940 Specimen# R2888
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 15941 Specimen# R2888
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 15942 Specimen# R2888
Costus pictus/planta insulina form
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Photo# 15943 Specimen# R2888
Costus pictus/planta insulina 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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