About 80 species of Curcuma
are native to Asia, Australia and Polynesia.
Species and hybrids are popular in gardens and as cut flowers. Several species
are used for spices and flavorings. Leaves have a reddish stripe along the
mid-rib and grow to about two to three feet tall. Plants spread by rhizomes. Zedoary
from the rhizomes of C. zedoaria is
used as a spice, tonic, and perfume.
See plants in Founders Plaza northeast of building 2.
Herbaceous plant with leaves about three feet tall.
Light: part shade
Water: well-drained soil, some drought tolerance
Soil: average garden soil
Many of the species and hybrids of Curcuma succeed in north Florida
gardens. They grow best in a shady, well-drained site. These plants are
naturally deciduous in winter. The colorful flower spike emerges before the
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