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PlantFiles: Aussie Plume Ginger
Curcuma australasica

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Curcuma (KER-koo-muh) (Info)
Species: australasica (aw-stra-LAY-see-kuh) (Info)

9 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral D3VNT On Apr 29, 2011, D3VNT from Round Rock, TX wrote:

Bought this plant July 2010, did OK but it was already blooming / peaking when I planted it, so it didn't last / look good much after that and I was disappointed with what it did last year.

Mowed it off this spring and wrote it off, then when I dug it up to put another plant in its place on March 15 I discovered healthy rhisomes. I dropped those in another location, and on April 18 they popped up.

Glad I didn't give up entirely on the plant. Will update the rating up or down depending on how they do this year.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fort Pierce, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Port Orange, Florida
Honolulu, Hawaii
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Clemmons, North Carolina
Alvin, Texas
Deer Park, Texas
Dickinson, Texas
Galveston, Texas
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Round Rock, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas

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