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Costus stenophyllus, Bamboo Costus

Costus stenophyllus

Bamboo Costus
Family: Costaceae
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterOrnamental foliageYellow, orange flowersSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Grown for its unique alternating brown and white banding on the stems, Bamboo Costus (Costus stenophyllus) is a large shrub with ornamental foliage that looks like real bamboo. This tropical beauty is known for its vibrant foliage and can be found in USDA Zones 9-11. It can withstand short periods of temperatures as low as 30F.

When grown in a pot, Bamboo Costus is ideal for bright patios or other indoor locations. Keep in well-draining, slightly acidic soil that is rich in organic matter and provide additional water in the hot months, avoiding overly soggy soil. With the proper care, this shrub will reward your efforts with an attractive display of yellow and orange flowers at the base of a mature plant, as well as attracting hummingbirds and butterflies.

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