Plant Common Name
Queen Ginger, Queen Lily
One of the hardier Curcuma species, queen ginger is a deciduous ornamental that can survive chilling temperatures to zone 7. This native of Burma and Malaysia offers a tropical look to cooler regions and is surprisingly easy to grow.
The broad showy leaves of queen ginger are rich green and ribbed with parallel pleats. These rise to from a neat upright clump that will spread over time via creeping rhizomes. In summer it produces showy columns of yellow and white flowers lined with white and pink bracts (petal-like leaves). The flower columns are often described as cone-like.
Like most Curcuma this species prefers bright indirect light and fertile but well-drained soil. Good draining soil is especially needed during moist winters because the rhizomes of dormant plants are prone to rot. Plants can be divided in fall or spring. Queen ginger is late to emerge from dormancy, so don't lose hope if it is slow to grow in spring.
This is an ideal plant for wooded gardens or sheltered foundation plantings. Queen ginger is also amenable to containers.
AHS Heat Zone
12 - 10
USDA Hardiness Zone
7 - 10
H1, H2, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Partial Sun, Partial Shade
18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm
24"-28" / 61.0cm - 71.1cm
Container, Cutflower, Foundation, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical
Sharp or Has Thorns