Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a tropical, perennial plant native to India and parts of South Asia from the Zingiberaceae (Ginger) family. A beautiful, striking plant, growing to 1 metre tall, with lush, wide, bright green leaves and large attractive creamy white flowers borne on spike-like stalks 10-15 cm long.
Turmeric is traditionally grown for its rhizomes (underground stems) which are highly branched, cylindrical and knobbly, brown in colour and orange on the inside. The rhizomes are used to produce the orange-yellow culinary spice turmeric, they’re also used medicinally and as a source of bright yellow dye.
Can be grown in full to part shade, preferably grown in a position that receives morning sunlight and some afternoon shade, as too much shade will reduce growth and rhizome yield.