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Attractive lush subtropical plant which likes it warm and wet. Cream-white flowers shaded with pink, and big broad leaves. Spice from the roots is used in cooking (especially curry) and herbal medicine.

Flower image: NHQ via Flickr

Turmeric- Curcuma longa

DESCRIPTION: Lush tropical herbaceous perennial with glossy evergreen foliage. White buds open into cream flowers. Attractive garden plant grown for its edible roots used in cooking and medicine.
USE IN: Perfect for tropical gardens and containers in shaded areas. Protect from frost.
LOCATION: Plant in free draining soil in a part-full shade location.
CARE: Mulch and water regularly until the plant is established, usually around 12 weeks. Water regularly during dry periods. Prune stems to the ground if plants become untidy, new shoots will replace those removed. Fertilise regularly using an organic liquid fertiliser for lush new growth.
HEIGHT & WIDTH: 1 m H x 40-50cm W.
YOUR PLANTS: These plants are tube-stock plants, healthy young plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The average size of your plants will be 15 -25 cm including the pot height of 80mm high and 42 mm wide.

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