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PlantFiles: Peacock Ginger
Cornukaempferia aurantifolia 'Jungle Gold'

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Cornukaempferia
Species: aurantifolia (aw-ran-tee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Jungle Gold

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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:
Full Shade

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Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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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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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral KanapahaLEW On Aug 3, 2013, KanapahaLEW from Alachua, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

The specific epithet listed here is incorrect. It should be aurantiflora (as in orange flower), not aurantifolia (as in orange leaf).

Positive avocadogreen25 On Jun 12, 2005, avocadogreen25 from houston, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant is so awesome! So much showier than the common peacock gingers. The foliage is silver and olive green with ORANGE flowers--not a common color for shade plants! It says hardy to zone 9b, but mine came through fine in my 9a garden.

Positive justmeLisa On May 13, 2004, justmeLisa from Brewers, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Outstanding shade plant for the humid south, good substitute for Hostas. Dormant in winter, Jungle Gold was first classified as a Kaempferia, but was later reclassified as a new genus, Cornukaempferia. The foliage resembles that of a Prayer Plant. The underside of the leaves are a deep burgandy. Jungle Gold hails from the jungles of Southeast Asia. A must for ginger lovers!


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

Big Pine Key, Florida
Deland, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
Thibodaux, Louisiana
Friendswood, Texas
Missouri City, Texas (2 reports)

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