Curcuma (Ornamental Turmeric) Bulbs

Elegant & long-blooming

The genus Curcuma contains mostly herbaceous perennials grown for their large canna-like foliage and colorful cone-shaped flowers. The broad leaves can measure from 18 to 40 inches long and 5 to 6 inches wide, and the spiky flowers come in a variety of colors, including red, pink, orange, yellow, and white. Members of the ginger family, these rhizomatous plants add tropical flare to the landscape and thrive in hot, high humidity environments. While some species prefer full sun and afternoon shade, others prefer full shade.

Curcuma is a genus of about 100 different species that range in size from 2 to 7 feet tall, including C. alismatifolia (Siam tulip, ornamental turmeric), C. amada (mango ginger), C. angustifolia (wild arrowroot, wild turmeric, narrow-leaved turmeric), C. aromatica (Cochin turmeric, wild turmeric), and C. longa (turmeric). The rhizomes of C. longa are used to produce a bright yellow spice and dye, but most curcuma are grown for their ornamental value.