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Curcuma petiolata 'Emperor'

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Curcuma (KER-koo-muh) (Info)
Species: petiolata (pet-ee-oh-LAH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Emperor

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
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:
Partial to Full Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

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:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive vossner On Sep 26, 2010, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

planted inground, part sun in Spring 2010, blooming in Fall (Sept) 2010.

Positive John_in_Garland On Sep 20, 2009, John_in_Garland from Garland, TX wrote:

Planted tubers in N. Texas hot mid-summer in partial shade. Grew about 2 ft. tall over summer and now flowering in September.
Note Added 5/2010. All clumps died out winter 2009/10. Odd, cold winter in N. Texas. Friend who provided plants had his survive, suggested that mine were too shallow in a very wet location. Replanting crowns about 5" deep in better drainage.

Positive FlowerManiac On Sep 7, 2009, FlowerManiac from Coppell, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Hardy and carefree foliage fills a large area in the back of the garden, slowly spreading, happy in the heavy shade of a Bradford pear tree. Gorgeous exotic flowers if you approach and look down inside the foliage.


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

Bronson, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Kenner, Louisiana
Monroe, Louisiana
Coppell, Texas
Garland, Texas
Katy, Texas
Plano, Texas
Richmond, Texas

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