Cochliostema odoratissimum


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Cochliostema odoratissimum 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.

Cochliostema odoratissimum can reach four feet tall and five feet wide under ideal conditions even in pots. The soil should not be allowed to dry out.

It is simply a fantastic looking plant. The pictures do not do it justice. They bloom almost year round. I have had some with as many as six bloom clusters at a time. The leaves of Cochliostema odoratissimum can easily be three feet or longer. The flower panicles can be one to two and a half feet in length. When it comes to the best way to grow Cochliostema, they look the best when they are either displayed in hanging pots or on a pedestal.

If you notice where the flowers are located, right under the leaves… since the flowers hang down, you can enjoy them that much more when displayed from a little higher up. Leaves are about 6″ long and are just starting to show some nice color.