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Curcuma aeruginosa 'Indian Surprise'


Curcuma 'Indian Surprise' is a spectacular flowering ginger with lush, banana like foliage and pink, white and yellow flowers.

Curcuma aeruginosa 'Indian Surprise' is a spectacular flowering ginger with large, long-lasting, cone-like inflorescences of white and pink bracts from which emerge tubular yellow flowers. The tropical foliage resembles banana leaves. They emerge with summer heat in our temperate climate and bloom in late summer and fall. Treat them to warm, well watered, rich soils while in growth. In their native climate, Curcuma go dormant in dry conditions and begin to grow in response to the arrival of monsoon season. But they can be kept in growth as a houseplant. They are part of the genus that includes the spice turmeric, Curcuma longa.

Common Name: Hidden Cone Ginger - [Summer B&B Pre-Order]

Family: Zingiberaceae (The Ginger Family)

Zone Hardiness: 7-11

Light: Part Sun, Part Shade

Height: 2-4'

Width: 2-3'

Primary Bloom Colour: Pink

Secondary Bloom Colour: Yellow

Class: Deciduous

Type: Tender

Bloom Time: Summer - Fall

Soil Moisture: Average, Moist

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No

Berries: No


Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Native range includes Southeast Asia, Southern China, India, New Guinea and and Northern Australia. A monsoon season tropical.


Geogrpahical Origin: Asia and the Pacific - Southeast Asia

Asia and the Pacific - Indian Subcontinent

Asia and the Pacific - Australasia

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