Cochliostema
Cochliostema odoratissimum

Family: Commelinaceae (ko-mel-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cochliostema (koh-klee-oh-STEE-muh) (Info)
Species: odoratissimum (oh-dor-uh-TISS-ee-mum) (Info)

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Medium Blue

Blue-Violet

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

,

Miami, Florida

Pepeekeo, Hawaii

Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Positive

On Oct 15, 2005, Kell from Northern California, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

The one I saw at the Berkeley Botanical Gardens had pink flower bracts with blue flowers in the pink bracts and had many of them. They emerge from between the leaves and can have many bracts at one time all around the plant.

I discussed this plant with Enid at Natural Selections Exotics
and I sent her a picture. She told me the correct name for the purple variety is C. jacobiana. She said Odoratissimum is the all green variety.

Enid's words:
"Odoratissimum has all green leaves and lighter, more lavender colored flowers
rather than purple leaves and purple flowers."

This is a striking plant.

Neutral

On Aug 25, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Tropical plant - origins: Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua. It has fragrant blue flowers and grows on the sides of trees in the wild.