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Curcuma australasica 'Aussie Plume'

Curcuma australasica 'Aussie Plume'
Aussie plume ginger

Common name Aussie plume ginger
Family zingiberaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z8-11)
Flowers purple-pink bracts, yellow flowers (spring-summer)
Size 4-6'
Light sun-part shade

Species native to Australia (although it's possible that the plants sold commercially are hybrids) with magenta-pink bracts and yellow true flowers, which are reported to form around the same time the foliage emerges in spring. Medium tall growth, and supposedly more sun-loving than many of its relatives. Ours is growing in pretty much full sun in the area behind our pond, and it has been happy enough through the heat and sun of the Houston summer. Contrary to what I had read, though, flowers didn't appear well after foliage had emerged – I spotted the first bloom in the second half of July, while leaves appeared in May.

Curcuma australasica 'Aussie Plume'
The yellow true flowers peek out a few weeks after the colorful inflorescence appears
Aussie plume ginger
Attractively patterned leaf unfurls very quickly after the first growth first peeks up from the ground

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: waterfall pondside

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