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Gingersrus Database Taxon ID 7455

Costus 'Southern Cross'

OLD NAME: Costus 'Southern Cross'

NEW NAME: Costus 'Southern Cross'

NAME CHANGE NOTES: Hybrid cultivated by Dave Skinner


STATUS : registered cultivar

CONTINENT: Neotropical

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This is my first hybrid, from 2006, crossing Costus 'Tropicais' with the horticultural plant Costus barbatus (Costus comosus var. bakeri). It is a vigorous grower and easy to flower. The plant often flowers at 1 to 1 1/2 meters but can grow much taller. It is mostly glabrous except for the pubescence on the undersides of the leaves. Leaves have cordate leaf base and ligules are truncate, 3-5 mm long. The bracts are bright red but not appendaged and the flowers are bright yellow and tubular.

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


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