Peacock Ginger, Peacock Plant, Resurrection Lily

Kaempferia pulchra

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Kaempferia (kaymp-FER-ee-a) (Info)
Species: pulchra (PUL-kruh) (Info)


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

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

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


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:

Partial to Full Shade



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall


Grown for foliage




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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


Apopka, Florida

Big Pine Key, Florida

Bradley, Florida

Brooksville, Florida (2 reports)

Homestead, Florida

Inverness, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Keystone Heights, Florida

Old Town, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Palm Bay, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Rockledge, Florida

Ruskin, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Wellborn, Florida

Williston, Florida

Winter Haven, Florida

Kihei, Hawaii

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Gonzales, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Devers, Texas

Houston, Texas

Pearland, Texas

Spring, Texas

Willis, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 24, 2006, pixiegypsy from Palm Bay, FL wrote:

This plant was given to me as a tuber root three years ago. I cannot keep up with it. It is my favorite plant of all. I have had them go dormant for the whole winter, and only having shaken it out of the pot and replanted did it start to thrive once again. They are beautiful in a hanging basket, but within two months they need to be separated. I have about 30 in small to medium pots right now and two very large hanging baskets. They are a delight to see flower each morning.


On Jul 15, 2004, bluemist from Hammond, LA wrote:

I only recently (late May) purchased this plant from a local nursery. I was going to keep it indoors this winter and set it out in the spring, but it has grown so actively I may need to set it out this fall. I find the zone and temperature info encouraging.


On Nov 9, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

I have three different types of these little gingers growing under the shade of an old oak tree in Northcentral Florida, zone 8b. I bought all three of my plants at different local nurseries, and all were just labeled "Peacock Gingers." All are about the same size, and two have light lavender flowers, and the third has white flowers. Each kind has a distinctly different leaf pattern, and they all kept their leaf patterns throughout the Summer and Fall seasons.

I've planted them with evergreen Encore azaleas "Autumn Monarch" and am gradually transplanting native ferns, as I find them on my property, into the beds with the little Peacock Gingers for texture contrast. I wish I knew the exact cultivar names of my three plants, but they grow so abundantly here that I have bou... read more


On Nov 9, 2003, dogbane from New Orleans, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I found this to be a wonderful, seasonal groundcover for a deep shade garden. I have it growing under water and red oaks where, from about May to December it provides lush fill over the mulch. Seems to work well interplanted with Eomecon chionantha (snow poppy). One is dormant when the other peaks.


On Aug 26, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Hardiness Range: 8B - 9A Height: 6" to 12" Prefers full shade to partial shade and moist soil. This plant produces long, narrow, solid green, strap leaves w/purple iridescent flowers in spring and sometimes in summer.