Costus pictus D.Don, Edwards’s Bot. Reg. 19: t. 1594 1833. (Syn. Costus congestus Rowlee; Costus mexicanus Liebm.);
Painted Spiral Ginger, Spotted Spiral Ginger; 

Requesting the name of the leaf and tree : Attachments (1). 5 posts by 4 authors.
I saw a person collecting the leaves of this small shrub saying this is a diabetics tree – does anyone know the name of this and how it helps us?

Costus igneus is the insulin plant. Traditionally people consume its leaves to bring down blood sugar.

It is Costus speciosus (Koenig) J.E. Smith, Costaceae

It is called Insulin plant – Costus igneus.

Sorry for the mistake happened from my side. This is C. pictus


Insulin plant : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).
Last year I bought this sapling at Yercud National Horticultural centre.
This year it has flowered in my balcony.
Which Costus species is this?

Yes, Costus pictus D. Don ex Lindl. of Costaceae



Araceae, Arecaceae and Zingiberaceae: Fortnight: Costus pictus : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3).
Plant sapling was brought from Yercud, TN.
Now growing and flowering in my balcony at Nerul, Navi Mumbai.
Flowering: July


Araceae, Arecaceae and Zingiberaceae Fortnight::Costus picta (NSJ-08): 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments(3).
Costus picta from Mumbai.

Nice photos of Costus pictus, thanks for sharing …

Attached is a picture of Costus pictus captured at Ovalekar Wadi in September 2012.
Requested to please validate the ID.


Zingiberaceae ID Reg. : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Anybody help me to know the correct ID of this Zingiberaceae member, from Kottayam district of Kerala

Costus pictus

ID Pl. : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1) me to id this costus spp.

Can it be Costus villosissimus. Pl. see the link:

To me it look like the images of Costus pictus D.Don
Kindly confirm.

It looks the same to me too.
Have seen it at Maharashtra Nature Park in Mumbai.

yes it is Costus pictus commonly known as Insulin Plant or Painted Spiral Ginger



ID 260718SG : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Pl. help ID this garden plant.

Costus pictus D.Don [Costaceae].


Araceae, Arecaceae and Zingiberaceae Fortnight: August 1 to 14, 2014 : Costus pictus : Mumbai : 140814 : AK-31 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2).
Costus pictus from Maharashtra Nature Park, Mumbai.
Not very sure if it comes under this family fortnight.
Posting as its a type of Ginger according to its common name as Painted Spiral Ginger.

Yes …, good photos

Costus pictus :: Dattaji Salvi Udyan :: 12 DEC 19 : 6 posts by 4 authors. 4 images.
Dattaji Salvi Udyan  Thane
Date: December 12, 2019 … Altitude: about 11 m (36 feet) asl
Costus pictus D.Don … family: Costaceae
Many thanks to … … for the ID … facebook.

violet on the undersurface? a variant? otherwise yes.


Id assistance required : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Please identify this
Vasai, Maharashtra, Jan – 2015

It is Costus sp. Please send flower photo.

Costus pictus D.Don

Ornamental Plant for ID, Hyderabad NAW-JUL21-01: 3 images.
Kindly identify this ornamental plant about 30cm in height, with leaves arranged spirally, leaves about 15 x 6 cm, segmented stems about 8 mm diameter.

Resembles Chamaecostus cuspidatus, need flowers for conformation,

Yes. I concur with … I have grown this plant in my house. Leaves are used as anti-diabetic. In Kannada it is called ‘sakkare gida‘ and in english many call it as ‘insulin plant‘.

To me also appears close to Chamaecostus cuspidatus as per images at

Flowers required for iD.

I found these yellow flowers on other specimens in the same nursery in Hyderabad a couple of days later.
3 images.

Costus igneus or insulin plant

What are  the differentiating characters between  the genus Chamaecostus & Costus.

C. pictus as per further feedback from … at New flower in our garden sir

We have to decide whether our plant is Costus pictus D. Don (Syn:  Costus congestus Rowlee;  Costus mexicanus Liebm.) or Chamaecostus cuspidatus (Nees & Mart.) C.D.Specht & D.W.Stev. (Syn:  Costus igneus N.E.Br.). We have to note that they belong to two different genera.


New flower in our garden sir: 1 image.
Help needed in ID

Costus igneus,

Thanks, …, for the id as Costus igneus.

How to differentiate it from (images at) Costus pictus ?

How is it different from images at Ornamental Plant for ID, Hyderabad NAW-JUL21-01 (identified by you as Costus igneus)?

I am sorry it is a synonym of C. igneus. Now accepted name for C. pictus.

We have to decide whether our plant is Costus pictus D. Don (Syn: Costus congestus Rowlee; Costus mexicanus Liebm.) or Chamaecostus cuspidatus (Nees & Mart.) C.D.Specht & D.W.Stev. (Syn: Costus igneus N.E.Br.). We have to note that they belong to two different genera.






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