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Curcuma longa (Turmeric)

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Growing Banksias. Learn how to grow Banksia in your garden.

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Ground covers.

Native Annuals and Perennials. Australian annual and perennial plants can be used to create excitement in your garden as they are quick growing, usually very floriferous and because they are relatively temporary they can be replaced on a regular basis to add something new each year.

Plant description

turmeric

Turmeric is a perennial plant of the ginger family, native to India and parts of Asia. It is used for curries, medicinally, and is reputed to deter ants.Leaves are lanceshaped. Flowers are 20cm long, with thick clusters of pale green pockets with creamy/yellow foxglove-like flowers peeping out of each pocket.

Propagated in spring from thick knobbly roots, called rhizomes, which have thick, side-shoots called fingers. Turmeric needs warm conditions and plenty of water to grow well.

 

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: Cream
Flowering season: summer

Scent

The flowers have a spicy aroma

Plant size

Maximum height: 1 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: not specified
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: well-drained.

Sand: moist.

Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Spring.

Types of fertiliser: Well rotted manure through the growing season.

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