Peacock Ginger

Kaempferia laotica

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Kaempferia (kaymp-FER-ee-a) (Info)
Species: laotica (lay-OH-tih-ka) (Info)

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Foliage Color:

Orange/Apricot

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Lavender

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Miami, Florida

Houston, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

2
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Positive

On Sep 25, 2006, TXOakie from Houston, TX wrote:

MIne grow in a shady bed under a small redbud tree here in Houston, Tx. I have had them for some time. In the spring I loosen up the soil with a garden claw, which breaks up the rhizomes, and add a couple more inches of mulch. I water them regularly and they bloom well into our winter until they go dormant if it gets cold enough.

Positive

On Mar 27, 2005, artcons from Fort Lauderdale, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

I have had mine for about four years now. Got it from a cutting (actually pulled a small piece out of the ground and repotted it.) It's a two leaf stemless plant that blooms continuously from April thru November then dies off. The top of the leaves are iridescent and satiny, while underneath they are purple to purple/red. Mine have a slight off color design flaring out from the base of the leaf to near the outside edge of the leaf. The flowers are a light violet. The rhizome can be divided to make more next year. I have mine growing underneath my biggest Sable Palmento palm. It gets a decent amount of sun, regular water and it does well very there. The plants grow very close together creating a very lush thick look.
Art

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