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Curcuma 'Figi'

Type: Rhizome

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Curcuma 'Figi' flower I bought Curcuma 'Figi' from a nursery in South Florida several years ago, and I have never seen it listed anywhere else. To me it appears quite similar to the variegated Curcuma petiolata which is sometimes sold under the cultivar name 'Emperor', however I do believe it to be a distinct form. The rhizomes are fatter and more branched than the specimens I have of either Curcuma 'Emporer' or Curcuma petiolata 'Variegata'.

Like Curcuma petiolata (hidden lily), this one is not at all fussy about growing conditions, and would be suitable for beginners. I have grown it in conditions from filtered shade to about 4 hours direct sun and it has performed equally well. It gets between 3 and 4 ft. tall. It is a reliable bloomer and the variegated foliage (which does not show up very well in these photos) is an added attraction. It has been tested here for cold hardiness down to the low twenties, and probably would be hardy to zone 7B.

Grow it in well drained organic soil kept moist during active growth. Like all Curcumas, this one will go dormant in the winter. The foliage will start to yellow in the late fall and that is perfectly natural for this plant. Some Curcumas are very susceptible to rotting of the rhizomes if they are kept too wet during winter dormancy. This one, like Curcuma petiolata, is pretty safe unless you keep the soil absolutely saturated.


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