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Cochliostema odoratissimum, Cochliostema jacobianum, Cochliostema

Cochliostema odoratissimum, Cochliostema jacobianum

Family: Commelinaceae
Origin: Tropical America
Small shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeEpiphyteRegular waterBlue/lavender/purple flowersFragrantIrritating

In nature, the Cochliostema is an epiphyte (growing on trees). It somewhat looks like a big bromeliad, and share the same growing requirements. Throughout the year it sends out showy flower stalks that are about a foot long. Each panicle has numerous . flowers. They have bright magenta sepals, and violet-blue petals with frilly hairs. There's also a tuft of yellow hairs near the center of each flower. It can be a striking greenhouse plant. The sap is irritating.

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