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Costus pictus 'Red Stemmed Form'

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Costus pictus red stemmed form - flower I had seen this Costus in collections in the Houston area, in "Jungle Jerry's" garden to be precise. (You Houston area gardeners have probably heard of Jerry Seymour and his garden on the north side.) The specimen I got from Jerry has never bloomed, but another specimen I got from Smith College in Massachusetts finally bloomed for me this past summer and I was able to positively identify it as a form of Costus pictus. Some of you may know of Costus pictus in the usual form, with the patterns on the stems, sometimes called Costus heiroglyphica. I have some of it listed in my collector series.

The flower and inflorescence is virtually identical on this plant, but the stems are a striking red color instead of the patterned stem of the more common form. Other than that, there is nothing all that special about this plant, except for its relative rarity in the horticultural trade. So if you are one of those people who just have to have one of everything, here's your chance to get this one.

As for cultivation, I can only assume it will be hardy as the other form. Tim Chapman lists it on his site and gives it a zone 8 rating, and he is probably right. I am growing it in about 5 hours direct sun, and if it is like the other form it will take a pretty wide range of light conditions from light shade to part sun. It should be grown in rich, moist organic soil.


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