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PlantFiles: Cochliostema
Cochliostema odoratissimum

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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)

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

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Profile:

1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive Kell 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 smiln32 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.

Regional...

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

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Kendall, Florida
Pepeekeo, Hawaii



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