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Costus igneus, Insulin - Plant

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Costus igneus, Insulin plant is an herbal cure for diabetes and hence commonly called as an insulin plant.
Plant height : 1.5 feet (+/- 20%)
The plant is potted in 6 inch plastic Pot
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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.

Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
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.

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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  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3931203/
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