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Red Costus barbatus inflorescence with a yellow flower
costus barbatus
Costus barbatus

A tropical plant originally from Costa Rica. This species thrives in warm and humid environments, typically found in forested areas where it can receive ample moisture. It showcases a lush, upright growth habit, reaching heights of around 6 to 10 feet. Its inflorescences feature bright red bracts with yellow tubular flowers emerging from them. Photographed in the department of Quindio, Colombia.

Two torch-shaped red Costus barbatus inflorescences with red bracts and yellow flowers
A red Costus barbatus inflorescence with red bracts and yellow flowers

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