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Curcuma cordata

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

5 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
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)
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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6 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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


Positive agedog1 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 foodiesleuth 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 MotherNature4 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.


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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