what did i purchase?
hello-the-house from a first-time poster on this forum.
i purchased two plants from the kanapaha botanical garden in alachua/gainesville, florida (usda zone 9)area this weekend.
the attendant there told me that they should be root hardy in my area (zone 8, east central alabama) with heavy mulch.
best i can tell, the plant labeled "variegated costus" might be Costus amazonicus variegata and the one labeled
"blue ginger" is Dichorisandra thyrsifolia.
my question is: can i expect them to survive in the ground here and, if so, will they flower?
the variegated costus would be a garden worthy subject even if it doesn't flower.
if anyone has another thought on what costus species this might be, please comment.
thanks in advance,