Curcuma (Common name Siam Tulip) is a rhizomatous tropical perennial in the ginger family that grows to 2’ tall. It is native to Thailand (formerly known as Siam). Inflorescences, stems and leaves of this plant resemble the flowers, stems and leaves of tulips, hence the common name. Siam tulip is a repeat bloomer that produces abundant inflorescences in summer (June-August). Plants go dormant in winter (November to May). Winter hardy to USDA Zones 8-10.
Plant rhizomes in spring after last frost in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade (some other species of Curcuma prefer part shade). Plants do well in hot summer with high humidity. Provide regular moisture throughout the growing season and do not allow soils to dry out. Dig rhizomes in fall after first frost, remove top growth and store in a cool, dry location in peat or vermiculite that is kept very slightly moist throughout the winter. Plant rhizomes outdoors in spring.
Plants may also be grown in containers that should be overwintered indoors in pots in a cool, dry location with minimal moisture (just enough to keep potting soil from totally drying out).
Hardiness zone: 8 to 10
Height: 1 to 2 feet
Spread: 1 to 1 1/2 feet
Bloom Time: June to August
Bloom Description: Pink bracts
Sun: Full sun to part shade