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PlantFiles: Turmeric, Indian Saffron
Curcuma longa

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Curcuma (KER-koo-muh) (Info)
Species: longa (LONG-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Curcuma domestica
Synonym:Curcuma attenuata

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52 members have or want this plant for trade.

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


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

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

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Mrs_M On Dec 7, 2006, Mrs_M from Amarillo, TX wrote:

I am thinking of growing my own turmeric indoors but know little, if nothing about it. I want to grow it for the root, but I need info own growing and harvesting the root. How may years will it take me to get a harvest? Do I split the rootball and thin it or are there other methods I'm unaware of? Is the whole root ground or milled after harvest? Any help will be appreciated. Also, any special plant care notes will be helpful.

Positive foodiesleuth On Jul 1, 2004, foodiesleuth from Honomu, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

We have a few plants growing in the yard, which were transplanted from our previous place. So far no blooms on these, but they did bloom before....The flower spikes come up almost before the leaves do and are ice pink in color. There is another variety with ice blue blooms which we are trying to get.

We have used it in cooking, but caution must be taken...anything it touches: cutting boards, dishes, blender lids, white rubber spatulas.......stain in a bright saffron yellow

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

I think this is a beautiful plant-good for low maintanance-and apearance--good to eat too--I enjoy growing mine-light green,upright growth patern-also a nice summer ornamental-dies down in fall and comes back in mid-spring.


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

Vincent, Alabama
Scottsdale, Arizona
San Diego, California
Apopka, Florida (2 reports)
Deland, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Hernando, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Port Orange, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida (2 reports)
Tampa, Florida
Venice, Florida
Ashburn, Georgia
Ahuimanu, Hawaii
Honomu, Hawaii
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Marrero, Louisiana
Metairie, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Happy Valley, Oregon
Nashville, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Houston, Texas
Schofield, Wisconsin

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