Cochliostema jacobiana


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Cochliostema jacobiana has beautiful fragrant light blue flowers, solid green foliage that mimics a bromeliad. In nature it is found growing directly on trees and occasionally on the ground under the trees. In cultivation it is considered a greenhouse plant. It is hardy in zones 10 through 12.

It is simply a fantastic looking plant. The pictures do not do it justice and they bloom almost year round. I have had some with as many as six bloom clusters at a time. The leaves of Cochliostema jacobiana can easily be three feet or longer. The flower panicles can be one to two and a half feet in length. Since the flowers hand down under the leaves, the best way to grow Cochliostema is either displayed in a hanging pot or on up on a pedestal.  The plants we have right now are about 8″ across.