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Curcuma 'Scarlet Fever'

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Curcuma (KER-koo-muh) (Info)
Cultivar: Scarlet Fever

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7 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is resistant to deer

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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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sueroderus On Nov 18, 2009, sueroderus from Bluffton, SC wrote:

(Zone 8b). Great leaf structure with red stems. It has grown well in acidic clay soil in part sun. This plant has been deer resistant as have most of my gingers. It flowers before the leaves come up. It is very late to coming up compared to my other gingers. It is now mid may and it is just starting to emerge. My Hedychium gingers are already 4-5 ft tall.

Positive MzMunchken On Jul 27, 2006, MzMunchken from Crestview, FL (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is a great curcuma to add to your collection. Although a shy bloomer, once established a couple of years it should bloom.


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

Crestview, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
Ashburn, Georgia
Gonzales, Louisiana
Lafayette, Louisiana
Okatie, South Carolina
Galveston, Texas

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