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Curcuma rubescens

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Curcuma rubescens has beautiful tropical looking foliage with dark red stems and midrib. It is a good thing the foliage is pretty because this is a very shy bloomer. It has yet to bloom in my garden, but according to ginger expert Tom Wood it is a spring bloomer with deep purple coma bracts. He says it likes lots of sun and is quite hardy, to zone 7.

Like all Curcumas, it will start going dormant in the fall, even in warm tropical climates, and the rhizomes should not be kept too wet in winter. During the summer growing season it should be grown in moist, rich, organic soil, in full to half sun. The photo below was taken at Mercer Arboretum in Houston.


Curcuma rubescens at Mercer Arboretum

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