Siam Tulip, Jewel of Thailand
Curcuma cordata

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Curcuma (KER-koo-muh) (Info)
Species: cordata (kor-DAY-tuh) (Info)

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pink

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Deciduous

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

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

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Bartow, Florida

Fort Mc Coy, Florida

Milton, Florida

Nokomis, Florida

Riverview, Florida

Venus, Florida

Honomu, Hawaii

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Saucier, Mississippi

Sugar Land, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Mar 6, 2014, Topsytoez from Sydney
Australia wrote:

I have had this plant for 4 years and 2014 is the first time it has flowered. There are three flower stems with only one having produced a flower yet. There is nothing different in its management so I am feel that it is a slow developer.
I live in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Positive

On Aug 17, 2008, turektaylor from Elizabeth City, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

i've checked quite a few web sites. all say this particular plant is hardy to zone 8

Positive

On May 22, 2006, barefootannie from Fort McCoy, FL wrote:

GROWS GREAT HERE IN OCALA FOREST...DIES BACK IN WINTER AND COMES BACK BIGGER AND BETTER EVERY YEAR!

Positive

On Aug 30, 2004, agedog1 from Vero Beach, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Planted in Mid July in Vero Beach, FL Zone 9a/9b. They are going crazy and continue to put out the most beautiful flowers. If you are in southern florida and have a nice shady space with lots of water this is a beauty. I fertilize at least once a week

Positive

On Jul 29, 2004, foodiesleuth from Honomu, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

Our bloom spikes come up before the leaves are beginning to show..... usually in early to mid April. the flowers are beautiful. We have some in the pink as shown above and in an ice blue shade.

The tumeric root itself, besides able to be used in cooking, makes a beautiful dye for fabrics, yarns or even Easter eggs.

Positive

On Jul 12, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

The small flowers are hidden among the beautifully colored bracts. This plant grows outdoors in Bartow (central Florida) in protected wet areas. It forms large clumps near the water's edge. The inflorescence comes up before the new leaves appear.