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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 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.


Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
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.


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.



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What garden lovers say ... ?

5 / 5 Anthony Ervin 19 September 2017
Very happy to be able to have this life saving plant available to me.
5 / 5 Marudadu RajyaLakshmi 06 September 2017
Grown in coco-peat and hence requires less water while being relatively insect free.
5 / 5 Tony Aby Varkey 04 September 2017
Looking Good ....survived!!!!!!
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