The Siam Tulips are blooming!

A few years back, I purchased four 1-gallon containers of Siam Tulips to start a cutting garden behind my back patio. Native to Thailand and Cambodia, the plant is well suited to coastal, sub-tropical growing zones and began spreading almost immediately! Now in their third summer, these beautiful members of the ginger family have started another bloom cycle:

Curcuma Alismatifolia Maejo Mont Blanc

Curcuma Alismatifolia, Maejo Mont Blanc (aka Siam Tulip)

All varieties of Curcuma alismatifolia share grass-green colored foliage with a single inflorescence emerging from the center; differences are found in the height of the flower stalk and shape/color of its bracts.  The Maejo Mont Blanc variety is white with hints of pink and splashes of mauve along the edges. The bracts are more rounded than most alismatifolias, and the plant in general is more compact.

Siam Tulip Maejo Mont Blanc

Curcumas really DO resemble Tulips! 🙂

The lower bracts of the inflorescence are small and green with tiny purple flowers emerging from base to tip at full bloom.  The bract spike is quite sturdy and stands up well to windy conditions during rainy season.  When cut and placed in a vase, the flower looks great for a week to 10 days!

Short and sweet for today….TC is visiting and we’re off to the bookstore!

Until next time….



16 thoughts on “The Siam Tulips are blooming!

    • Thank you!
      After they finish this bloom cycle, my plan is to divide them and try a few in full sun. I’m curious how they’ll do in comparison to the filtered light they currently get!

  1. Those are some lovely flowers. I admire folks who use a ‘cutting garden’ for cuttings. I’ve planted so many of them and when it comes down to cutting the flowers, I never have the heart. lol Your flowers are so pretty and have nifty stories and histories. I like that.
    I really enjoy visiting your blog, your photos are gorgeous and I learn stuff too. Thanks so much. and Thanks so much for visiting my blogs and leaving comments. I really appreciate it. 🙂

  2. Gardening is a passion of mine… but out here in the desert we are limited in what we can grow. I try most everything… but cactus is my specialty… and it does very well here. I don’t believe I have ever seen the Siam Tulips… they are beautiful!!! Keep up the good work!

    • Thank you, Galen! I’m an enormous fan of anything Cactus/succulent…funny isn’t how we gardeners always admire most the plants we can’t grow easily in home “zones!”
      The Siam tulips were late this year..May is when they’ve flowered for me in the past. Haven’t figured out why this season was different!
      Thanks again for leaving a comment!

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