Costus Igneus, Insulin - Plant
Description for Costus Igneus, Insulin
Chamaecostus cuspidatus, common name Fiery Costus or Spiral Flag, is a species of herbaceous plant in the Costaceae family native to eastern Brazil.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Kostum,ninebark,Insulin||Orange||May to June||2.00 to 5.00 feet||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
- Choose a location in either partial sun or partial shade.
- Plant in partial sun in mild climates and partial shade in hot areas.
- Costus igneus is a plant that loves water in both soil and air.
- It is often planted near water.
- Costus are best planted in the early spring.
|Full sun to part shade||Well-drained soil||Keep soil moist throughout the growing season||30 to 40 degrees C||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Costus Igneus
- This variety of Costus grows well as a container plant because of its clumping growth habit.
- Remove the mulch when fertilizing plants. Then replace the mulch.Divide the rhizomes with a sharp knife to propagate.
- Plant the smaller rhizomes in a new location and water well.
Typical uses of Costus Igneus
- Mass in shrub borders
- Effective as hedge, screen or for erosion control on banks.
- Native plant garden.
- Able to grow in harsh conditions.
- Insulin a medicinal plant is a Magic Cure for Diabetes.
- Its leaves helps to build up insulin in the human body so it is commonly known as insulin plant in India.
- It is now accepted and used widely as an Ayurvedic medicinal herb. Consumption of the leaves are believed to lower blood glucose levels, and diabetics who consumed the leaves of this plant did report a fall in their blood glucose levels.
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What garden lovers say ... ?
Very happy to be able to have this life saving plant available to me.
Grown in coco-peat and hence requires less water while being relatively insect free.
Looking Good ....survived!!!!!!