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Costus lucanusianus Yellow Form

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Costus lucanusianus Yellow Form - flowers It took me the longest time to confirm the identity of this one, but I am now satisfied that this is a yellow flowering form of an African Costus - Costus lucanusianus. It is much more showy than the "normal" form of this species, thanks to the bright yellow flowers. This Costus grows quite tall, reaching a full 12 feet tall and bumping its head on my greenhouse roof. The amazing thing is that the stems are less than a cm in diameter and it still manages to hold its head up high.

I tested it outdoors in a rather mild Tallahassee winter (zone 8B) when the temperatures dropped to the mid twenties a few nights. The plant returned okay, but not with much vigor, so I would not rate it as hardy any colder than perhaps zone 9B. I grow it in part sun (3-4 hours direct) in the usual moist but well drained, fertile, organic soil.


A very tall plant.

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