Costus igneus, Insulin - Plant
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Description for Costus igneus, Insulin
Chamaecostus cuspidatus is a scientific name and is a species of herbaceous plant in the Costaceae family. It is a perennial, upright, spreading plant. The tallest stems falling over and lying on the ground. Leaves are simple evergreen, 4 to 8 inches in length with parallel venation. The flowers are produced on cone-like heads at the tips of branches. Fruits are inconspicuous, not showy.
Planting and care
Propagation is by a division of the clumps, cuttings, or by separating the offsets or plantlets that form below the flower heads. Costus are best planted in the early spring. Divide the rhizomes with a sharp knife to propagate. Plant the smaller rhizomes in a new location and water well. Costus do not require deep planting. Dig the bed only 2 or 3 inches deep.
Caring for Costus igneus
- Remove the mulch when fertilizing plants.
- Add an organic amendment such as compost or peat moss to the soil to improve drainage.
- Do not plant too deep, which may cause rotting of the rhizome.
- Fertilize in the spring with a general purpose fertilizer.
- Apply insecticidal soap for an attack of aphids or spider mites.
Typical uses of Costus igneus
Special features: It is effective as a hedge.
Culinary use: Leaves can be eaten.
Ornamental use: It is widely grown in gardens as an ornamental plant.
Medicinal use: A plant has the therapeutic potential of the leaves in diabetes.
Note: Please consult your health expert at first.
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Do you have insulin plants. There are thee types. Other two plants amd cost of the plant
Appealing, elegant and easy to grow plant.
he plant was very nicely packed. Thanks for the plant surely will order more
Bit price is high but it s amazing plant, sun is not required only lighting is enough at any conditions even room light is enough for this plant.
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