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Curcuma petiolata

A beautiful and exotic tropical plant native to Malaysia. In late spring, yellow flowers emerge, surrounded by pink bracts that hide among the lush fan-shaped leaves. Thrives in hot summers with high humidity. Ideal for a brightly shaded tropical border where it will gently clump by rhizomes. Stunning in summer patio containers, or as a houseplant.
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Filtered sun, Partial shade

Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.


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Botanical PronunciationKER-koo-muh pet-ee-oh-LAH-tuh
LoreCurcuma petiolata, also commonly known as queen lily, is a much more ornamental species than its close relative Curcuma longa, which is better known as turmeric. Derived from the plant's rhizomes, turmeric is the main ingredient in curry powder, and more recently touted for its powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. However, the rhizomes of Curcuma petiolata are not know to be edible.
Average Size at MaturitySlowly forms foliage clumps 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeLate Spring and Early Summer
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorPink
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary, Tropical
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Partial shade
Special FeatureEasy Care
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsFuchsia (Fuchsia); Hosta (Hosta); Azalea (Azalea); Ligularia (Ligularia); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)

Provide organically rich, slightly acidic, well-drained soil. Water abundantly to keep soil evenly moist during growing season. In cold winter zones, bring containers indoors to overwinter before first frost, or dig rhizomes, remove top growth and store in a cool dry location; keep slightly moist through winter. Return outdoors or replant in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11

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