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Aussie Plume Ginger
Curcuma australasica

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


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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.