“Hidden Treasure”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
The hidden ginger has started to return. This is my favorite summer plant, and I eagerly await its return each year. This is Curcuma zedoaria which goes dormant in late fall and returns in late spring. Its flowers usually show up before the leaves do, and once the leaves emerge, the flowers are hidden among the foliage.
They are not your typical flowers, but they do last a long time. While the flowers are nice, it is the foliage that I love the most. Big leaves with a maroon stripe down the middle sway in the summer breezes. I have them planted on the property lines, and they do give some privacy from the neighbors during the summer months when we spend the most time in the garden.
This is a photo from last year showing how big the leaves can get. Here, they are about six to seven feet tall, great for summer screening. I can’t wait for this year’s returning hidden ginger to reach these heights. It truly is a treasure in the garden.