Cochliostema odoratissimum, Cochliostema jacobianum, Cochliostema

Cochliostema odoratissimum, Cochliostema jacobianum

Family: Commelinaceae
Origin: Tropical America
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterEpiphyte plantBlue, lavender, purple flowersIrritating plantFragrant plant

Cochliostema odoratissimum (Cochliostema) is a small shrub native to tropical America, growing up to 2-5 feet tall. It enjoys semi-shade and regular water, although it should not be over-watered. It produces flowers that are fragrant and have bright blue, lavender, and purple petals. As a bonus, its flowers are also quite showy.

In USDA Zone 9-11 regions, Cochliostema can be grown in a pot. It does best in bright and warm places. If grown in colder regions, Cochliostema must be kept indoors during colder months and protected from frost. Cochliostema also benefits from filtered light and fertile soil. To keep the soil moist, water it regularly and supplement with a weak fertilizer every month.

Cochliostema is an attractive plant that provides a pleasant fragrance and adds color to a room. Its flowers can help make for a therapeutic atmosphere by providing a sense of relaxation and peace. If you have a place with the right temperature and humidity, it is worth growing this plant, as it is sure to make your home look beautiful.

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