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Costus tappenbeckianus

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Costus tappenbeckianus flower Here is another African Costus species that is seldom found in cultivation and I have never seen it for sale in the US. It is a medium sized Costus, with thin spiraling stems and small dark green glossy leaves. It flowers both at the base of the plant and on the terminal ends of the long leafy stems. The bracts are almost a brownish color, but the flowers are lavendar pink, similar looking to the flower of Costus mosaicus. Like Costus mosaicus, it blooms in the late spring.

I have not tested it for winter hardiness here, and I doubt it is hardy anywhere colder than zone 10 or 9 B at best. Fortunately, also like Costus mosaicus, it is compact enough to be grown in pots and overwintered in a greenhouse or sun room.


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