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This is the double flowered form of the species. Grows to about 6 feet high in sun or part shade with one inch golden flowers. Needs protection from frost. In Hawaii it's used as an i'lima flower lei substitute. The single flowered species grows as a roadside weed in tropical climates. Native to South America.
Large showy terminal cones of red bracts with yellow flowers. Smooth velvety green leaves, large, tall, tropical, easy. Hardy to 32F. Incorrectly known in the nursery trade as Costus barbatus.