CULTIVAR NAME: 'Pink Lips'
PARENTAGE: Costus pulverulentus
PUBLISHED: December 2013 in Heliconia Society Bulletin 19 (4)
REGISTRANT: D. Skinner
ORIGIN: Named and distributed by Joseph Fondeur, Tropical Paradise Nursery, Davie, Florida. Origin unknown but similar plant is found in cultivation and has escaped from cultivated areas in Hawaii, considered invasive there.
DESCRIPTION: A compact form of C. pulverulentus with pale pink bracts and pink flowers. Plant grows to 1 meter tall or less, stems, ligules and leaves are glabrous. Ligules are truncate to slightly lobed, 2-3 mm long and usually with a purplish margin. Inflorescence is fusiform, bracts have fibrous margins and flowers have a stamen far exceeding the labelum - all characters common for the species pulverulentus.