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Costus arabicus 'Variegatus'

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Costus arabicus variegated - flower There are two variegated Costus species popular in the horticultural trade. One is the variegated form of Cheilocostus speciosus (the crepe ginger) and the other is a variegated form of Costus arabicus which was incorrectly identified many years ago as Costus amazonicus.

Costus arabicus is the type species of the genus and is found in South America. It has snowy white flowers with some markings on the labellum, and green bracts. The variegated form being sold here grows somewhat shorter than the type, and the variegation ranges from almost all white to just slivers of white on otherwise green leaves. There is a strong tendency in the plant to revert to solid green, so if you want to maintain the variegations, be sure to cut off any new shoots that come up solid green. If protected in winter it will grow to about 5 feet tall. Costus arabicus is also prone to branching of the stems, more so than other Costus. These branches are easily rooted an propagated into new plants.

Costus arabicus should be grown in part shade, in moist, fertile, organic soil. It can be grown in pots and will grow to a more compact size that way. Hardiness has been rated at zone 9.


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