Related to gingers and hailing from Southeast Asia, India and northern Australia, Curcuma are grown globally for their foliage, long lasting blooms and their roots which are the source of the spice turmeric. Related to gingers, Curcuma grow from underground tubers, first the foliage arises then followed by showy "flowers" that are actually colorful bracts surrounding the actual smaller flower. Curcumas make wonderful container plants and can also be used as long lasting cut flowers. They like a warm sunny to part shade location and well-draining soil. Curcumas go winter dormant and can easily be stored, similar to cannas or dahlias.