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Curcuma elata flower Curcuma elata is one of the first gingers to bloom in the spring. In my garden, its flower heads arise from the ground in April just before the foliage emerges. The flowers are long lasting, but as they begin to fade the foliage takes over, providing a striking tropical look in the garden. This species is sometime known as the "giant plume ginger" and indeed it is one of the largest of the Curcumas, growing to 9 ft. tall in my garden.

Hardiness of this ginger has been rated to zone 7 by most references, and it has been tested in my garden down to the upper teens. For colder climates, it is probably too big to be grown as a potted plant, unless you are looking for a very large tropical look. It does however, go naturally dormant in winter, so you could lift the rhizomes and store them over winter in a cool garage or basement.

Grow this Curcuma in a sunny area, from part sun to full sun, so long as the soil is kept moist. It likes a very rich organic soil high in nitrogen. During winter dormancy, the rhizomes should not be kept too wet, or they may rot.


Curcuma elata - pretty in pink Curcuma elata foliage

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