Jewel of Thailand (Curcuma cordata)


Curcuma cordata Wall. 1829, commonly called Jewel of Thailand, Siam Tulip, Thai Tulip, Hidden Ginger, Pastel Hidden Ginger, Hidden Lily or Queen Lily is a perennial, rhizomatous plant native to Thailand and Malaysia.

The Jewel of Thailand belongs to the ginger family (Zingiberaceae) and reach a height of about 90 cm. The stunning, pink and green blossoms get a length of up to about 30 cm. Flowering period: July - October. Like other Curcuma plants, the Jewel of Thailand is dormant from November to May. The tropical Siam Tulip requires a warm to hot humid climate, a partial shaddy location and regularly watering. Blossoms of the Queen Lily are well-liked cut-flowers and last for about 10 days. The real flowers are white with a yellow blotch and slightly fragrant.

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Image: Curcuma cordata
Siam Tulips (Curcuma) species and hybrids at Orchids

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