Lobster claw heliconia, Heliconia rostrata
||Medium (6-8 hours)
||Medium (2-3x week)
||6" x 8"
Along with orchids and bird-of-paradise, this is one of the most iconic and beautiful tropical flowers. Lobster claw heliconia is a massive shrubby perennial with leathery, dark green leaves resembling banana foliage, which are borne on long graceful leafstalks rising directly from the ground. The mass of foliage may reach 6-8' tall with a smaller spread.
Throughout the year but most often in hot weather, the plant will produce 3-5' tall stems terminated by a dramatic, drooping inflorescence. The true flowers are small, tubular and pale yellow, and rather insignificant -- but they are enclosed by vivid scarlet, claw-shaped bracts, shaded with golden yellow and lime green, 2-3" long. Up to 20 of these will be arranged in a zigzag pattern along the pendant flower stalk, creating a dazzling spectacle in the landscape.
This unique plant is used as a specimen for tropical gardens. The inflorescence may be cut for indoor decoration, where it will last for several weeks.
Heliconias are native to tropical America, and while a few can be found in seasonally dry locations, most come from moist and wet regions and need regular watering during the growing season, a little less during winter when plants slow down their growth. Growing from rhizomes, they have erect shoots, each composed of a stem and leaves; flowering occurs on mature shoots only, so never prune or trim a heliconia stem until after it has flowered. Heliconias are heavy feeders, and need rich soil. They dislike direct sun but will cease to bloom in heavy shade. Dappled light shade from overhead trees is ideal.
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