African Costus

tropicbreezentMarch 2, 2013

I picked up this Costus, C. dubius, as a weed. It is an escape in some areas and does quite well. I thought it would have trouble surviving outside of a garden at my place so brought a small cutting home.

It took off in no time, but that's because it's getting regular irrigation. It flowers at the base of the plant, unlike some of the other Costus which flower at the ends of the stem.

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A couple more flowers.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2013 at 7:59PM
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And the spiralling stems look great in their own little corner of the garden. Mind you, it's not as small as it looks in the photo, the upright stems are over my head.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2013 at 8:05PM
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