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Costus erythrophyllus

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Costus erythrophyllus-flower Costus erythrophyllus comes from the Amazon basin of Ecuador and parts of Peru, Columbia and Brazil. There are several somewhat different looking forms, but this is the most common one in US horticulture. This is another Costus that is sometimes incorrectly listed as Costus sanguineus, which is not a valid name in Costus. The leaves are waxy and shiny, with very dark green uppersides and deep burgundy undersides. The flowers have bright red stripes and are quite showy as they are produced both on basal stems and terminally at the end of the leafy stems.

The plant grows to a height of about 3 feet making it suitable for container growing in a greenhouse or outside in zones 10 and higher. I have seen some sources indicating it is zone 9 hardy, but I would not recommend it to be grown outdoors in winter except in frost free areas. It should be grown in part shade, moist, well-drained organic soil.


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