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PlantFiles: Curcuma
Curcuma gracillima 'Candy Cane'

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Curcuma (KER-koo-muh) (Info)
Species: gracillima (grass-IL-ih-muh) (Info)
Cultivar: Candy Cane

8 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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
Light Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

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

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral vossner On Apr 25, 2007, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

A couple of years ago I bought 5 Candy Cane curcuma and I have been disappointed in that they have declined and I only have two. I planted them inground, part sun. I have just bought 5 more bulbs, as I'm not ready to give up, but if the same thing happens I will definitely change my rating to negative.


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

Niceville, Florida
Valrico, Florida
Dublin, Georgia
Petal, Mississippi
Port Arthur, Texas
Richmond, Texas

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