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Curcuma hybrid DT585
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Curcuma hybrid DT585

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Yeah yeah, I know Curcuma hybrid 'DT585' isn't a very appealing trade name, but its the best I could find so far on this mysterious hybrid.  This plant was sent to me originially as a form of Curcuma rhabdota 'Candy Cane.'  It obviously turned out to be something else, and something that was very interesting and beautiful.   Certainly a thai hybrid but that was all I had to go by. 
After digging around for a long time I finally discovered it is a release from Doi Tung Nursery and was called DT585.  Wheter or not it has a decent trade name is unknown at the moment.  What is very intriqueing about this hybrid is that it is a cross between Curcuma alismatifolia and a hybrid Curcuma rhabdota X harmandii.  F2 hybrid Curcuma are very rare and this indicates it may be a tetraploid.

 

As for the important stuff, it is a beautiful hybrid that has some of the interesting bract shape of C. harmandii, the sturdy long stem and bloom held high above the foliage of C. alismatifolia, and the unique coloration and foliage of C. rhabdota.  It seems to be very happy in my garden in a spot that receives filtered sunlight but no direct sun til late in the day.  It also blooms just fine in a 6" to 1 gallon pot.  The inflorescences last a very long time on the plant as well as in a vase.  The foliage grows to about 1 to 1 and 1/2 feet tall.

 

Presumably hardy in USDA Zone 8


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