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Costus 'El Whiskey' flower This is an undescribed species of Costus from the tropical rainforests of Colombia and Peru, collected many years ago by famed botanist Timothy Plowman. The botanists have generally referred to it as "El Whiskey" for the place where it was first discovered, so that is what I am calling it here. It is ONE FANTASTIC LANDSCAPE PLANT! Deep green foliage with purple undersides, forms a nice clump 2-3 feet tall, produces beautiful white and red flowers on dark green appendaged bracts.

I have grown it in various conditions from filtered shade to 3-4 hours direct sunlight, and it seems to do best in light shade or filtered shade, or just a couple hours of morning sun. I tested it for hardiness in the winter of 2005 and it barely came back here from a large clump, so I would rate it zone 9B for hardiness.- It is relatively easy to propagate and not difficult at all to grow given normal Costus conditions.


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