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Costus longebracteolatus

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Costus longebracteolatus flower Costus longebracteolatus is a basal blooming Costus species from Amazonian parts of South America. This species is sometimes sold as Costus 'Long Kiss', a name apparently given by the late plant collector Mark Collins. He named another specific form of this species as 'Kiss of Death'. It is distinctive for its short stiff hairs on the stems and other vegetative parts, as well as for the long bracteoles after which it is named. It seems to be a bit difficult to bring to flower in a greenhouse, and in fact I had never actually seen this species in flower until I went to Ecuador and saw it growing at Reserva Rio Guaycuyacu. The flowers are quite showy, and the bracts last a long time. Even if it does not flower, the plant is very attractive, especially the long curving stems with their thick hairs.

I have not tested this species for cold hardiness, but I doubt it would survive outdoors in areas with winter temperatures below freezing. In the greenhouse, it seems to do best in about 50% shade. I have also noticed that it seems to need contant moisture, but very well drained planting medium, and would recommend using extra pine bark or other such material to promote drainage in the containers.


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