Costus arabicus 'Bicolor Variegated'
CULTIVAR NAME: 'Bicolor Variegated'
PARENTAGE: Costus arabicus
STATUS: Name accepted, established.
PUBLISHED: September 2019, Heliconia Society Bulletin, Vol. 25, No. 3
REGISTRANT: Dave Skinner
ORIGIN: This is the widely cultivated variegated form of Costus arabicus, origin is unknown.
DESCRIPTION: Plant grows to 2 meters tall, with sharply variegated leaves, having dark green patches alternating with creamy white patches in an irregular pattern. Stems and leaves are glabrous. Leaf base is cordate. Mature plants are often strongly branched along the stems. Inflorescence is terminal on a leafy stem, with green and white variegated non-appendaged bracts that are slightly flared out at the apex. Flowers are white, open labellum, with a dark yellow throat and a pinkish colored stamen.