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Cheilocostus globosus 'Peach Cobbler'

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Cheilocostus globosus 'Peach Cobbler' flower Cheilocostus globosus is one of the half dozen or so Costus species that comes from Asia - recently renamed (along with Costus speciosus and Costus lacerus) into a new genus - Cheilocostus. This group of Cheilocostus has not been extensively studied and classified by taxonomists and are currently classified into a "Cheilocostus globosus complex". I believe the one I am listing here was previously called Costus tonkinensis. All the ones in this group are basal bloomers, but I think this is one of the showiest of them all, with its bright yellow-orange corolla and yellow labellum with the deep red center.

One other really cool thing about this plant is the foliage. The new forming leaves are a peachy pink color and are ornamental in their own right. I am calling this globosus form 'Peach Cobbler' to distinguish it from the others. As the leaves mature they turn a medium green color and have a ruffled texture,large and tropical looking, hanging down from the spiraling stems.I have tested this outdoors over winter in the past and it has come back okay, but I would still consider it marginally hardy in areas north of USDA zone 9B. It is a medium height ginger, growing to about 4-5 feet tall, so it is possible to grow it in a pot and it has bloomed well for me in a pot.

I grow it in part sun (about 2-3 hours direct sun) and doubt that it would withstand much more than that. I don't really know how it would do in shadier conditions, but seems to be of the type that could grow and bloom in light shade.


Costus globosus new foliage Cheilocostus 'Peach Cobbler' in a pot Costus globosus plant in landscape

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