Curcuma Elata, also know as the 'Giant Plume' Ginger, is one of the first gingers to bloom in spring. Large pink inflorescence is produced before leaves appear. Plants can become quite large; it grows well in medium to full sun.

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Curcuma Elata Ginger in Lexington, SC

Curcuma Elata Ginger in Lexington, SC

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 The true flowers are pale yellow, and peek out from the bracts. Elata can be propagated by division. The leaves also have a remarkable softness to their underside - almost like a soft down.

Elata will go dormant in November in cooler climates but returns in April or May.

A gorgeous shade loving plant, with blooms 1-2 feet tall. Upper bracts have bright purple tips with white bases, and lower bracts are a incredible apple green.

Hardiness Zones

USDA Zone 7a: to 0 °F

USDA Zone 7b: to 5 °F

USDA Zone 8a: to 10 °F

USDA Zone 8b: to 15 °F

USDA Zone 9a: to 20 °F

USDA Zone 9b: to 25 °F

Plant Height

Height 6-12 in.

Height 12-18 in.

Height 18-24 in.

Height 2-3 ft.

Light Exposure

Light - 10% to 40% Shade

Light - 40% to 60% Shade

Growth Rate

Rate - Fast

Rate - Very Fast

Published/Updated on: 01-20-2021