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Curcuma zedoaria

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Curcuma (KER-koo-muh) (Info)
Species: zedoaria (zed-oh-AY-ree-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Amomum zedoaria

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Edible Fruits and Nuts
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

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
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

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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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dogbane On Nov 9, 2003, dogbane from New Orleans, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

A very dramatic foliage plant for a tropical look. I've seen it grow to almost six feet tall (1.5 m ?). It does well in full sun, but tends to look yellowish. Seems to like afternoon shade best; flops over in heavy shade. I've read that Curcumas originate from areas of seasonal dryness, but I keep mine well watered and it stays lush throughout the warm season (April through December here). Leaves can get tattered in winds. The bloom appears just before or with foliage in spring. Dormant from December to April in New Orleans.

Positive Michaelp On Nov 8, 2003, Michaelp from Glendale, UT (Zone 5a) wrote:

I think this is a verry nice plant-can get biger than 4' sometimes-has a large maroon inflorescence, -this plant has a red or maroon stripe up the middle rib of the leaf-edible,root--goes dormant in late fall -comes back mid to late spring-easy to grow[for me]as it did well from the start.

Positive dreamer On Sep 19, 2003, dreamer from Natchez, MS wrote:

This plant is beautiful planted in large drifts. I love the light green color of the foliage. It handles full sun with after noon shade and does not do as well in full shade. It spreads slowly and after it is established need little or no care. Trans planting is no problem in fall.


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

Bartow, Florida
Brandon, Florida
Bronson, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Miami, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Winter Garden, Florida
Winter Springs, Florida
Ashburn, Georgia
Broxton, Georgia
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Deridder, Louisiana
Gonzales, Louisiana
Many, Louisiana (3 reports)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Thibodaux, Louisiana
Natchez, Mississippi
Summerville, South Carolina
Norfolk, Virginia

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