This plant is most noted for its rhizomes which are the source of the bright, yellow-orange, powdery spice known as turmeric. Turmeric has a number of well-known uses including culinary, dye, and medicinal (purportedly helps relieve pain, clean wounds, lower blood pressure, and treat liver ailments). Leaves are also sometimes used for wrapping and cooking food.
Water: Can grow in wet soil
Hardiness: Will die back to rhizomes and resprout in the Spring
Habit: 4' tall by 4' wide
Light: Best with morning sun and some afternoon shade. Likes hot Summers and high humidity.
Soil: Loose well-draining soil high in organic matter
Origin: Tropical Southwestern India