Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Hidden Cone Ginger
This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.Shop Available Curcuma
Item #: 1393
Zones: 7b to 10b
Dormancy: Winter, Spring
Height: 36" tall
This spectacular ginger garners all the attention on our open house days...especially since it has survived 0 degrees F in our garden. The large, tropical-looking green leaves (2' long x 5" wide) have a dramatic, wide, purple-red stripe down their centers. As the leaves emerge, so do the flowers, on 1' scapes resembling an oversized '60s psychedelic red-and-yellow pinecone. Each plant makes a clump to 3' (taller in warmer climates) x 2-3' wide. Remember that curcumas do not awaken from dormancy until June - they are not dead. Rumor has it that chanting near dormant plants with lava lamps for illumination speeds the awakening process, although this has not been scientifically confirmed.