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Zingiberaceae

Curcuma

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Curcuma alismatifolia

Plants in the genus Curcuma are rhizomatous perennials from drought-prone areas of tropical Asia and Australia. The rhizomes of some species are used as spices and in cooking.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsFleshy roots and thick, aromatic rhizomes. Delicate, 3-petaled, tubular flowers borne in terminal spikes are bright yellow or white tinged with pale pink, and violet or orange bracts, depending on species and cultivar.

CareGrow in full sun to sheltered shade, in a warm greenhouse or as an indoor plant. Requires quick-draining soil and plenty of water and fertilizer.

PropagationBy division or stem cuttings.

ProblemsRelatively pest- and disease-free.

Species and cultivars

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