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Costus laevis

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Costus laevis - flowers on my plant Costus laevis is another wide ranging and variable species. Its range extends from Guatemala to Peru. In Central American plants, the young foliage usually has a distinctive silvery mid rip stripe, as in the pictures below. The South American plants I have seen in Ecuador do not have that silvery midstripe. The bract colors range from green to reddish purple and the flower colors from almost all red (see my new cultivar 'Lita Red') to just a splash of red on the labellum and yellow on the corollas.

In this listing I am offering one of the Central American plants with the silvery midrib, either from Costa Rica or Panama, depending on what I have available. This grows to 6-8 feet tall at maturity and prefers light shade to part sun. As with most Costus, it needs rich, moist, organic soil while in active growth. I have not seen it rated for cold-hardiness, but I lost one specimen even with some protection in temps in the low thirties. I am guessing zone 9B or maybe even zone 10 is its limit.


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