Ginger
Curcuma elata 'Giant Plume'

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Curcuma (KER-koo-muh) (Info)
Species: elata (el-AH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Giant Plume

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

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:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pink

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Deciduous

Blue-Green

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Trenton, Florida

Yulee, Florida

Alexandria, Louisiana

Belle Rose, Louisiana

Devers, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Apr 7, 2009, snuzi from Belle Rose, LA wrote:

This ginger variety grows in any conditions in South Louisiana - ranging from full sun & dry conditions to minimal sun & moist conditions. The foliage grows 4-6ft tall with beautiful plume flowers that appear in May around Mother's day. The flowers can last 10 days in a vase with fresh water changed daily. No special care is required in this area. Divide by digging and seperating the rhizomes with a sharp shovel or knife. Grows well in pots as well as in the ground. Spreads easily and fast but doesn't take over if divided every 2 - 3 yrs.