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Costus maculatus

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Costus maculatus flowers Costus maculatus is a little known Costus from east central Africa. It is a basal bloomer and unlike most Costus species it produces TWO flowers per bract. The foliage is your basic green spiral ginger foliage, growing to about 4-5 feet tall on thin, but strong upright stems. The flowers to me are especially pretty.

Hardiness is untested, but this Costus did survive outdoors last winter to mid twenties temperatures in my zone 8B garden in a rather mild winter. I am growing it in light shade with maybe an hour or two of afternoon sun. Like most other Costus species, it seems to prefer moist, but well drained, fertile, organic soil.


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