Friday, July 23, Costus pictus Costus pictus belongs to the group of plants known as spiral gingers. So-named because of the way the leaves spiral around the stem as they grow. This species only grows about three foot tall in full sun and the leaves are densely arranged on the stem, making the spiraling difficult to detect. The leaves have a wavy edge. When the stems reach their mature height, a green cone will form made of tightly compressed bracts. The bright yellow flowers develop out of the bracts, one or two at a time.
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The leaves spiral around the stems as they grow from the underground roots. Flowers are up to 15 inches wide and orange in color. Costus igneus is not difficult to grow, has few diseases and is only rarely troubled by pests. Plant in partial sun in mild climates and partial shade in hot areas.
Costus igneus is a plant that loves water in both soil and air. It is often planted near water. Costus are best planted in the early spring. Costus do not require deep planting. Dig the bed only 2 or 3 inches deep. You can use Costus igneus in shrub borders to add interest and color to other plantings. Though they can tolerate acidic, alkaline, clay, sand or loamy soils, Costus grow best in rich, well-draining soil.
Costus rhizomes are rounded with the scars of the old canes visible. They may still have canes attached. Plant the rhizome about 1 inch deep with the old canes facing upward.
Do not plant too deep, which can cause rotting of the rhizome. Cover the rhizome with soil and tamp the soil down firmly with the back of a shovel. Ensure that the mulch does not touch the stalks of the plants. Avoid additional watering during cold weather months. Costus requires 1 to 2 inches of water weekly, either through rainfall or irrigation.
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Chamaecostus cuspidatus, common name fiery costus or spiral flag, is a species of herbaceous plant in the family Costaceae native to eastern Brazil States of Bahia and Espirito Santo. The undersides of these large, smooth, dark green leaves have light purple shade. The leaves are spirally arranged around the stem, forming attractive, arching clumps arising from underground rootstocks. The maximum height of these plants is about two feet. The flowers are orange in color and are 1. Flowering occurs during the warm months.
How to Grow a Costus Igneus Plant
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