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PlantFiles: Ginger
Curcuma elata 'Giant Plume'

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

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


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

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive snuzi 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.


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

Trenton, Florida
Yulee, Florida
Alexandria, Louisiana
Belle Rose, Louisiana
Devers, Texas

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