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Cochliostema odoratissimum
Scientific Name: Cochliostema odoratissimum Lem.
Family: Commelinaceae
Cochliostema  odoratissimum
A Cochliostema in the New York Botanical Garden greenhouse
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10-12

Frost Tolerance: Greenhouse only in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Light shade

Origin: Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama

Growth Habits: Epiphyte, perennial to 4 feet (1.2 m)

Watering Needs: Likes humidity.


In nature, the Cochliostema is an epiphyte (growing on trees). It somewhat looks like a big bromeliad, and share the same growing requirements. It can be a striking greenhouse plant. The sap is irritating.

Cochliostema  odoratissimum

Blooming Habits:
The cochliostema has fragrant blue flowers, with the blue to dark blue or purple inside, and white to light blue outside. Fruits are green.

Fruiting Habits:

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