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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.
Flower colour: Cream
Flowering season: summer
The flowers have a spicy aroma
Maximum height: 1 metres
Minimum height: not specified
Maximum width: not specified
Minimum width: not specified
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: subtropical, tropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 5.5-6.5
Planting season: Spring.
Types of fertiliser: Well rotted manure through the growing season.