Curcuma longa is a reliable, easy to grow perennial ginger. Turmeric (aka Indian Saffron) is commonly harvested for it's edible rhizomes 8-10 months after planting. It is very adaptable to many types of light, soils, & moisture levels. It will produce beautiful, white flower spikes in late summer. Curcuma longa will lose it's leaves in fall & reemerge in spring. In colder climates rizomes can be dug and overwintered in dry peat moss, or potentially brought in as a house plant. Turmeric rhizomes are typically boiled or sun dried for one week, they can also be eaten fresh. Leaves are used to wrap & flavor fish.