Purchased at Lowe's early this summer, there was no identification of any kind on the container. In my Zone 6 garden, it is now beginning to fade. But it bloomed beautifully all summer and into the fall. Can anyone please identify it?
What is this tropical plant?
Possibly Curcuma alismatifolia 'Chiangmai Dark Pink'
Thanks so much for the identification. If I overwinter it indoors, will it bloom again next year when I take it back outside? Or is it a one-and-done?
If it goes dormant it should come back. Where I lived in florida there was what we thought was tumeric someone dumped over a fence, it came back every year. Though I would be curious if it stays leafed inside.
Curcuma alismatifolia, Siam tulip
It will go dormant in winter. Just quit watering it for winter and then start in spring. I don't have this variety but the one I do have comes back every year and blooms nicely. Same pot I bought it in and no soil change - 3 years now.
Second photo is May 16. First photo is Aug 19. Third is Aug 3.
I also have Globba and it does the same thing and is in the last two photos. June 9 just coming up. August 25th in full bloom.
I bought the Curcuma from HD in 2016 and the Globba from HD in 2014. I was concerned when they started going downhill, thinking they were perennials but it appears they just go dormant. Don't water in winter (I used to trickle water it in winter but this year I didn't except the Curcuma since I had a pineapple plant in the same pot but only very lightly every few weeks).
Edited since the pictures did not post in the order I wanted them to GRRR!
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