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Costus 'Phoenix'

Family Name: Costaceae
Full Sun: 6-8h Semi-Shade Moderate Water Ornamental Flowers Herbaceous


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant


Local Conservation Status Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form It is a compact herbaceous plant that grows up to 1.5m tall.
Foliage Foliage is reddish towards the apex of the flowering stem. The stems are colored, ligules are red to whitish in color. Younger stems have a purplish cast at the base.
Flowers Flowers are yellow and free-flowering. They are produced both basally and terminally. The bracts are red in color.
Similar Costus ‘Phoenix’ appears similar to its father, Costus comosus. However, they produce coloured stems, unlike C. comosus which has solid green stems.
Cultivation This is a hybrid between Costus comosus and Costus productus.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun, Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Propagation Method Division


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) Green
Foliar Modification Flower/Fruit Bract
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Spiral
Foliar Attachment to Stem Petiolate

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Master ID 31651
Species ID 6050
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Species record last updated on: 19 November 2020.