Gingersrus Database Taxon ID 7455
Costus 'Southern Cross'
CURRENT NAME: Costus 'Southern Cross'
PROPOSED NAME: Costus 'Southern Cross'
NAME CHANGE NOTES: Hybrid cultivated by Dave Skinner
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STATUS : registered cultivar
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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 http://www.gingersrus.com/Registry/Costus_SouthernCross.jpg Cultivar published in the Heliconia Society Quarterly Bulletin, Vol. 20, No. 1, March, 2014.