Photo by C. Hardison taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Curcuma longa 'Snowdrift'
This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.Shop Available Curcuma
Item #: 2296
Zones: 7b to 10b
Dormancy: Winter, Spring
Height: 24" tall
Origin: Tropical Asia
(aka: Curcuma petiolata 'Snowdrift') Curcuma longa 'Snowdrift' is a spectacular variegated foliage form of the popular spice, turmeric, and a great addition to the world of hardy, deciduous hidden cone gingers. Curcuma 'Snowdrift' is a wide-edged sport of the popular Curcuma 'Emperor', discovered as a mutation by Richard O'Brien. Each 18" long x 4" wide tricolor leaf has a green center with a creamy white edge and light green highlights...each color irregularly weaving into each other. While Curcuma 'Emperor' has a pencil-thin border, Curcuma 'Snowdrift' has a cream edge that can reach 0.75" wide. Like all hidden cone gingers, Curcuma longa 'Snowdrift' is late to emerge, rarely making a garden appearance before mid-June in NC. The 8" tall, pale-pink, pine cone-like flowers emerge from the base in late summer.