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Description for Cheilocostus speciosus
It has the only one row of spirally arranged leaves. It is a tall and dramatic landscape plant with large dark green leaves. The plant reproduces vegetatively by rhizome, and birds disperse the seeds when they feed on the fruits.
The a large crepy object is not the petal, but the stamen - the three true petals of each flower are difficult to identify.
Planting and care
It is naturally found at roadside ditches and low lying areas in the forest.
Caring for Cheilocostus speciosus
- Water a plant when the soil feels dry to touch.
- Apply mulch for the spring season.
- Remove dead and damaged plant parts.
Typical uses of Cheilocostus speciosus
Special features: The plant has many historical uses in Ayurveda.
Culinary use: The leaves may be used in few dishes.
Ornamental use: It can be planted as a roadside tree, in the parks & gardens, as hedge or screening etc.
Medicinal use: This plant is cultivated in India for its medicinal uses.
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