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Curcuma ornata

Type: Rhizome

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Curcuma ornata - flower Curcuma ornata is very similar in appearance and growth habit to Curcuma elata. The flower bracts are light pink in color and appear in spring just as the foliage is beginning to sprout from winter dormancy. The flower stalks hold the infl. a little higher off the ground than C. elata and the midrib burgundy stripe is more distinct. Presumably that is why it is called "ornata" or "ornate plume" ginger. Curcuma ornata is also a little shorter than its near twin, growing in my garden to about 6 ft tall in 4-5 hours of direct sunlight.

I have seen hardiness ratings ranging from zone 7 to zone 8. Tony Avent with Plant Delights gives it a 7B happy median. I have tested hardiness in my garden to the low twenties with no problems. It is susceptable to rotting of the rhizomes if they are kept too wet during winter dormancy. If in doubt, you can lift them and store them in dampened peat in a cool garage or basement.

It seems to grow best in rich, moist, organic soil and prefers part shade.


Curcuma foliage - rear to front = elata, zedoaria, ornata

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