CULTIVAR NAME: 'Mellow Yellow'
PARENTAGE: Costus aff. villosissimus x wilsonii
TYPE: natural hybrid
PUBLISHED: June 2012 in HSI Bulletin, Vol. 18, No. 2
REGISTRANT: D. Skinner
Collected, named and introduced by Dave Skinner, selection from seedlings, origin was Costa Rica.
DESCRIPTION: 'Mellow Yellow' has broad, spreading, C. villosissimus-type flowers but with non-appendaged bracts and generally shorter, sparser hairs on the vegetative parts. Basal stems display a pattern similar to the 'Heiroglyphic' form of C. pictus. Ligules are short, about 3-5 mm long with longer hairs at the ligule than the rest of the stems and leaves. The bracts are green and non-appendaged except for the lowest bracts. Flowers are broad and yellow.