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Curcuma alismatifolia, photo courtesy of Norman A. Plate
Curcuma alismatifolia, photo courtesy of Norman A. Plate

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Curcuma alismatifolia

Siam Tulip

This perennial from Thailand is not unlike a tulip in appearance (hence the common name), but it’s actually a ginger rather than a tulip. It grows 2 ft. tall with foliage like small canna leaves. The flowering stem is topped bya cluster of pink, rose, or whitebracts that hide tiny flowers.The inflorescence is shaped abit like a flaring pinecone. Eachblossom lasts for several weeks and is replaced by others as new plants arise from the rhizome. Plant goes dormant in winter.

Plant in the spring, setting rhizomes 1 in. deep and 6 in.apart. Blooms from early summer to early fall. Beyond itshardiness range, dig and storeover winter, being careful notto damage the bulbous storageorgans on the roots.

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