Costus Igneus, Insulin - Plant

costus igneus, insulin - plant
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Costus igneus, commonly known as insulin plant in India, belongs to the family Costaceae. Consumption of the leaves are believed to lower blood glucose levels, and diabetics.
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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 nameFlower coloursBloom timeHeightDifficulty
Kostum,ninebark,InsulinOrangeMay to June2.00 to 5.00 feetEasy 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.
  • SunlightSoilWaterTemperatureFertilizer
    Full sun to part shadeWell-drained soilKeep soil moist throughout the growing season30 to 40 degrees CApply 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.


    Warm Months

    Typical uses of Costus Igneus

    Special features:

  • Mass in shrub borders
  • Effective as hedge, screen or for erosion control on banks.
  • Native plant garden.
  • Able to grow in harsh conditions.
  • Medicinal use:

  • 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.
  • References

    • http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/
    • http://www.flowersofindia.net/
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