Costus vinosus is only known from the original collection location along the Rio Guanche on the Caribbean side of Panama. I went there searching for it in 2012 with no success. The area is now cleared for cow pastures and the plant may very well be extinct in nature. Fortunately it was brought into cultivation in the 1970's
This is not an easy plant to grow! I have had this for several years and this is the first time I have been able to propagate enough for sale, albeit in very limited quantities. The flower photos are from Marie Selby Gardens in Sarasota as I have not brought this plant to flower myself. The foliage and the distinctive cupped ligules make it a very special plant for any collection. It grows to less than 3 feet tall making it easy to fit in a greenhouse.