Costus erythrophyl - Plant

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Note: The image is for reference purpose. Actual plant height will be 0.5 to 3ft.
Waxy leaves with dark green tops and deep burgundy undersides. White and pink flowers cradled within the dark colored foliage.
Simply spectacular. Good in pots.
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They range throughout the tropical world and grow with large, fleshy leaves that are arranged in whorls around the stem. The flowers emerge from the center of the plant in a small cone with ruffled, crinkled flowers.

Common name: Fiery Costus or Spiral Flag
Color: White and pink.
Height: Up to 5 feet.
Difficulty level: Easy.

Planting & Care

Sunlight: Partial sun to partial shade.

Soil: A light, fast-draining potting soil is perfect.

Water: Water regularly to keep the soil moist even in winters. Do not, however, let them sit in waterlogged soil or the rhizome could rot.

Temprature: Plant dies temperature below 20 degrees F.

Fertilizer: Feed weekly with a weak liquid fertilizer that includes micronutrients. They are heavy feeders, especially during the growing season.

  • If your plant starts to suffer from brown leaf margins, it most likely is being underwatered or exposed to cold drafts.
  • Try to raise the humidity and increase the water.

Medicinal use:
  • Costus is an herb.
  • The root and oil from the root are used to make medicine.
  • Costus root is used for treating worm infections.
  • Costus oil is used for asthma, cough, gas, and severe intestinal diseases such as dysentery and cholera.
  • It is also used as a tonic and to stimulate digestion.
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