The Q&A Archives: Curcume Alisamatafolia

Question: I recently purchased two Curcuma Alisamatafolia plants potted and blooming. I would like to know more about them and what climate, soil and growing/wintering conditions are optimal for these plants. I have a greenhouse-should I keep them in it?

Answer: Curcuma alisamatafolia is a strikingly beautiful ginger that superficially resembles a tulip. Newly introduced from Thailand, it produces a beautiful dark, rose-pink inflorescence which makes a great cut flower. Plants have long narrow stiff leaves that resemble tulip leaves. Grows to 2' in medium sun. Blooms appear in summer. The plant enjoys partial shade but can take full sun and appreciates moist soil. Expect your plant to grow between 18" and 24" high.

This species is being sold by some as the Southern Tulip. It is a repeat bloomer on the new portion of the rhizome from summer through fall. The plants are tropical in nature and will require protection during the winter months, so plan on overwintering in the greenhouse. Until then, enjoy the blooms!

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