Wednesday, July 21, 2010
An orange "cone" structure forms when the stalks reach their maximum height of around 4 to 6 feet. Orange, tubular flowers emerge one or two at a time from within the bracts of the cone, one flower per bract. Each flower lasts one day.
Costus scaber will bloom best in full to filtered sun. The flowers have no fragrance, but are edible. They have a pleasant flavor, a crunchy texture, and are juicy when you bite into them. They're perfect for adding to fruit salads. The roots of this species are not edible.
The bract structure of this Costus also makes a long-lasting cut flower.
Buy this plant!