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KarenHolt
Oct 22, 2017 6:19 AM CST
Does anyone know what this perennial is?
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Name: Debbie
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DebbieC
Oct 22, 2017 7:38 AM CST
Looks like Curcuma which is a tropical plant and a member of the ginger family.
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KarenHolt
Oct 22, 2017 7:41 AM CST
Oh my gosh! Thank you, thank you, thank you! That's exactly what it is. She had them in pink and purple blooms and I just thought it was so unusual. Off to find out if I can grow from seed now. I really appreciate the help.
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KarenHolt
Oct 22, 2017 8:03 AM CST
Awww. Looks like I have another reason to visit her come spring. Propagation is from division. Luckily, they like where they are in her yard and there's plenty to divide.
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plantladylin
Oct 22, 2017 1:19 PM CST
I agree, that lovely bloom is a Siam Tulip (Curcuma alismatifolia)
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pod
Oct 22, 2017 1:27 PM CST
KarenHolt said:Awww. Looks like I have another reason to visit her come spring. Propagation is from division. Luckily, they like where they are in her yard and there's plenty to divide.


The only problem might be if they are winter hardy. LIns' link shows a warmer climate. I have a pot of these that I picked up at one of the builders supply garden centers this summer. I was thinking to leave it potted so I can winter it in the greenhouse. I really don't want to lose it.

It is a beautiful plant and has bloomed nonstop this summer. Lovey dubby
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purpleinopp
Oct 24, 2017 4:19 PM CST
Sounds like the perfect reason to have a greenhouse! Should be fine if kept above freezing.
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Oct 24, 2017 7:22 PM CST
I would love to know if it will survive in ground. I might divide it next spring and plant half in ground as an experiment and save half just because I love it. Lovey dubby
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tofitropic
Oct 24, 2017 10:31 PM CST
And Curcuma makes very long lasting-unusual cut flower, (even turmeric) although most curcumas are short stemmed, they still great in short arrangement (C alismatifolia are few with longer stem). I always cut curcumas/ginger/other zingiber blooms, put in a vase, enjoyed and admire, as most of our intention here growing curcumas are for their herb-rhizome. (C alismatifolia again are few of exception, grown purely ornamental, I don't know whether they have other uses),
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pod
Oct 25, 2017 5:34 AM CST
Thank you Tofi ~ I had not thought of it but can see how they would be elegant in a cut flower arrangement. Every one who sees the blooms are taken with them.
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stone
Oct 25, 2017 4:26 PM CST
pod said:I would love to know if it will survive in ground.


I planted a Siam tulip next to someone's goldfish pond last year... This year, it was twice the size!

Seems like we had a mild winter, though...
So... For what it's worth...

I just planted a turmeric bulb (curcuma longa) in the ground at my house... Keeping my fingers crossed.

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