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Curcuma longa 'Emperor'
@ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Curcuma longa 'Emperor'

Striped Hidden Cone Ginger

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Item #: 2599

Zones: 7b to 10b

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: Thailand

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

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This Tim Chapman introduction from Thailand is among the most spectacular of the "hardy tropicals" we grow. C. 'Emperor' makes an easy-to-grow, 2' tall x 2' wide clump of pleated green leaves (18" long x 6" wide), each with a dramatic white border. In early summer, you will enjoy the pinecone-like flower of purple and green at the base, and the rest of the growing season, you will adore the tropical foliage. It has survived 0 degrees F in our garden with no protection, but in colder climates, it makes a great house plant. Remember that curcumas do not emerge from dormancy until June...they are not dead!