Curcuma elata

Hidden Cone Ginger

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Item #: 2004

Zones: 7b to 10b, at least

Dormancy: Winter, Spring

Height: 72" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: India

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

Curcuma elata stood out in our trials as one of the finest cold-climate garden specimens in the genus curcuma. The huge, bold-textured, canna-shaped green leaves compose the giant 6' tall clump. For us, this is the earliest curcuma to flower, mid-June in NC, when the 1' tall pine cone-like spikes sprout from the base of the plant. Each flower spike is topped with bright pink bracts which serve as a mini-umbrella for the yellow flowers that poke from the side of the cone below. Curcuma elata has been reliably hardy in our Zone 7b garden.