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Datasheet for Costus 'Carla'

Plant Datasheet for Costus 'Carla'

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Costus 'Carla' - photo at Carla Black's garden - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15691 Accession# R3156
Costus 'Carla' - photo at Carla Black's garden


Costus 'Carla' - photo at Carla Black's garden - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15692 Accession# R3156
Costus 'Carla' - photo at Carla Black's garden


Costus 'Carla' - photo at Carla Black's garden - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15693 Accession# R3156
Costus 'Carla' - photo at Carla Black's garden


Costus 'Carla' - photo at Carla Black's garden - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15694 Accession# R3156
Costus 'Carla' - photo at Carla Black's garden


Costus 'Carla' - photo at Carla Black's garden - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15695 Accession# R3156
Costus 'Carla' - photo at Carla Black's garden


Costus 'Carla' - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15696 Accession# R3156
Costus 'Carla'


Costus 'Carla' - cultivar registry photo at www.heliconia.org - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15697 Accession# R3156
Costus 'Carla' - cultivar registry photo at www.heliconia.org


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PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Costus 'Carla'
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME:
STATUS :
CONTINENT: Neotropical
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BOTANICAL NOTES:
Plant of unknown origin, received from Carla Black in Panama, named and introduced by Dave Skinner. Vegetative parts are similar to Costus laevis with dark green leaves and purplish undersides, mostly glabrous stems and leaves. Mature stems are deep purple, up to 5 cm in diameter supporting very large mature plants up to 4-5 meters high. Young leaves have the typical silvery stripe of C. laevis, ligules are lobed, and about the same length (Ca 2 cm) as the petioles. The inflorescence is a C. guanaiensis type with green appendaged bracts and flowers with spreading labellum mostly white with red stripes, similar to C. guanaiensis flowers.

Cultivar Registry Photo at http://www.gingersrus.com/Registry/Costus_Carla.jpg

ACCESSION NOTES:
R3156 - from rhizome from Carla Black garden, Volcán, Panama

GINGERSRUS CATALOG LISTING:
Costus hybrid 'Carla' My friend Carla Black is one of the most knowledgable and enthusiastic plant explorers and collectors I know. Her garden in Volcan, Panama would put many of the larger tropical botanical gardens to shame with her collections, mainly of Heliconias, but also with a large number of Costus. When I visited in 2008 there was a plant that had all the appearance of Costus laevis except it had the appendaged bracts and large stature of a Costus guanaiensis. She could not remember precisely where it was collected, somewhere in Panama.

The flower photos here are not very good and do not do justice to this plant, but I think you can get the idea. The real attraction here anyway is the foliage. This is a MASSIVE plant with very attractive purple-backed leaves, dark green on the upper surface with the silvery midstripe of C. laevis, and in this case it seems to stay intact at maturity unlike many C. laevis plants. If nothing else, it is worth something just to have one of this great lady's collections.

Carla has it growing in full sun in her garden and it succeeds there quite well despite the cooler temperatures of her location in Volcan. It probably would not withstand freezing temps or even heavy frost would severely damage the foliage, so I would not recommend outdoor growing colder than USDA zone 10.


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