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ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

October 13, 2009
1:30 PM

Post #7164351

I found this NOID costus yesterday and would love to have more info on it. Is anyone familiar with it?

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ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

October 13, 2009
1:32 PM

Post #7164357

Whole plant; it is in a 6" pot.

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Xeramtheum
Summerville, SC
(Zone 8a)

October 14, 2009
3:31 PM

Post #7168014

Maybe ..

Costus erythrophyllus

http://www.gingersrus.com/cart/index.php?productID=3431

or Costus vinosus

http://www.gingersrus.com/DataSheet.php?PID=3839

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ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

October 14, 2009
7:33 PM

Post #7168888

Oh my, wouldn't it be lovely if it were one of them? How about the flower on that erythrophyllus?
The underside of the leaves on mine are definitely deep red but the top side of the leaves is a pale yellowish green, like an army green. I wonder if it could be because it was growing in a bright light situation.

In any case, it sounds like I will be bringing this one indoors dutring the cold weather.
Xeramtheum
Summerville, SC
(Zone 8a)

October 14, 2009
8:00 PM

Post #7168970

I'm waiting for my costus to bloom .. probably won't this year but after taking one look at the flowers they produce, "want" came to mind.

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ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

October 14, 2009
9:37 PM

Post #7169220

small letters???? I think it should be WANT :-)
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

October 15, 2009
10:46 PM

Post #7173217

What a nice find, Ardesia! It's a beautiful plant.
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

October 16, 2009
12:25 AM

Post #7173620

Thanks Deb, I found it at a nursery on Johns Island. There were only two and my friend got the other. I have been going blind looking at costus pictures and they all seem to say "deep" green leaves and mine are not even close.
prita
Red Oak, TX

October 16, 2009
1:14 AM

Post #7173841

Costus Erythrophyllus

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prita
Red Oak, TX

October 16, 2009
1:14 AM

Post #7173842

Costus Erythrophyllus Grey form

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ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

October 16, 2009
11:07 AM

Post #7174767

Hmmm, that gray form is pretty close although I think mine should be called a yellow form as it is such a yellow/green color. As I mentioned earlier however, that may be due to the light it was receiving.

Rita, do you grow these?
prita
Red Oak, TX

October 16, 2009
10:42 PM

Post #7176978

ardesia, I bought those from Zone 9 in Houston 2 years ago. No blooms yet.
There is also a Costus silver leaf
Moodene
(Nadine) Devers, TX
(Zone 9b)

October 18, 2009
3:59 PM

Post #7182346

I have these in that family:
Costus Erythrophyllus
Costus Erythrophyllus Grey form
Costus Erythrophyllus Foster Gardens
Costus Erythrophllus Blood Red
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

October 18, 2009
5:51 PM

Post #7182691

Oooo, that sounds fantastic. I am wondering if mine is the gray form. Some of the older leaves have a grayish cast to them, it is just the newest leaves that have a yellow/green tint.

Moodene, can you tell me how hardy (or I guess I should say how tender) these are? Do you keep yours in a GH? We are having a freakish cold spell and the temp dropped to 51 last night and tonight is supposed to be the same so I brought this one in the house but I am wondering if that is necessary.
kenboy
Big Sandy, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 18, 2009
6:14 PM

Post #7182757

Costus Erythrophyllus, is listed as zone 10 at Gingersrus, so you will need to bring it in this Winter but I don't think 50 is going to hurt it.
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

October 18, 2009
7:03 PM

Post #7182905

Thanks

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