Costus igneus, Insulin - Plant
Description for Costus igneus, Insulin
Chamaecostus cuspidatus is a scientific name and is a species of herbaceous plant in the Costaceae family. It is a perennial, upright, spreading plant. The tallest stems falling over and lying on the ground. Leaves are simple evergreen, 4 to 8 inches in length with parallel venation. The flowers are produced on cone-like heads at the tips of branches. Fruits are inconspicuous, not showy.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Fiery costus, Spiral flag, Insulin plant||Orange||Warm months||Up to 2 feet||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
Propagation is by a division of the clumps, cuttings, or by separating the offsets or plantlets that form below the flower heads. Costus are best planted in the early spring. Divide the rhizomes with a sharp knife to propagate. Plant the smaller rhizomes in a new location and water well. Costus do not require deep planting. Dig the bed only 2 or 3 inches deep.
|Full sun to part shade||Well-drained soil, fertile soil||Dry to medium||18 to 29 degrees C||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Costus igneus
- Remove the mulch when fertilizing plants.
- Add an organic amendment such as compost or peat moss to the soil to improve drainage.
- Do not plant too deep, which may cause rotting of the rhizome.
- Fertilize in the spring with a general purpose fertilizer.
- Apply insecticidal soap for an attack of aphids or spider mites.
Typical uses of Costus igneus
Special features: It is effective as a hedge.
Culinary use: Leaves can be eaten.
Note: Please consult your health expert.
Ornamental use: It is widely grown in gardens as an ornamental plant.
Medicinal use: A plant has the therapeutic potential of the leaves in diabetes.
Note: Please consult your health expert at first.
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Grown in coco-peat and hence requires less water while being relatively insect free.
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