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Kaempferia gilbertii

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Kaempferia (kaymp-FER-ee-a) (Info)
Species: gilbertii (gil-BERT-ee-eye) (Info)

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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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
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade
Full Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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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 jskyieeyes3 On Sep 11, 2010, jskyieeyes3 from Saint Cloud, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Positive maggiemoo On Feb 11, 2004, maggiemoo from Conroe, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

justmeLisa is right, this is the answer to hostas in our very hot & humid Gulf coast region. I found this sweet "mini-hosta" at my favorite local nursery. The owner said it makes a great groundcover in the shade, and it spreads politely. My back yard was in major transition last Summer, so everything went in to containers. I put three in a plant stand, and they filled out and looked beautiful (posting a picture.) They are now planted in their permanent home, but I will buy some more for the plant stand as soon as they are available.


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

Chiefland, Florida
Naples, Florida
Palm Coast, Florida
Conroe, Texas
Katy, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
Plano, Texas

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