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:
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.
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….