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Heliconia sold as rhizome root sections
Heliconia are grown for their beautiful, brilliant colorful flowering bracts. Breathtaking and unusual flowerheads (bracts) rise from clumps of banana like leaves, sometimes very large or slender. Their height may on some species vary from as small as 2' to 25' depending on variety.
Heliconia are actually highly modified leaves and bracts, their colorful bracts may be erect, pendulous or spiraling with bracts in the shapes of bird's beaks, lobster claws or fan shaped and colors of reds, pinks, golds, oranges and splashes of a mixture of colors. Some Heliconia are an excellent choice for container plants that can be grown indoors for the winter and moved outdoors for the spring and summer.
Rhizomes should be planted in a well draining soil with the very tip protruding out of the soil. Water thoroughly and let dry out somewhat between watering. If kept too wet, there is a good chance they may rot. Average temperatures should be least 60° F, some varieties are much more hardier and can take cooler temperatures. They require bright light and are heavy feeders of any well balanced fertilizer.
bract and flower characters of heliconias
characters of heliconias
Figures reprinted from Heliconia, An Identification Guide, With permission of the author Fred Berry
A very vigorous and semi-hardy variety from Southern Mexico. Widely cultivated it has dark red to orange red bracts that hang down about 2'. Its sepals are white and yellow. Height 5' to 16'. Full sun to 50% shade. it makes a beautiful tropical landscape plant.
A gorgeous pendent Heliconia of carmine pink at the base and on 2/3 of the cheek and keel has a narrow pale green lip and tip. The rachis is a mandarin red. Its foliage is banana like leaves with a waxy coating on most of the stems. Height 6' to 16'. Full sun to 50% shade. Simply ravishing!
Blooming July to November. Pinkish red on lower half of the cheek and red on the upper half. It has light clear white frosting from the bottom up. Yellow lip and tip and deep red rachis. Stunning! Height 6' to 16'. Semi-hardy.
A marvellous heliconia from the South Americas, beautiful red to pink upper with yellow extending on to the cheek and base, green on distal cheek, bracts covered with buff hairs and cream colored ovary and pedicals, blooming June-Nov. Height 7' to 15'. Truly a beauty!
The most amazing heliconia to date! Bracts are pendant and bright yellow to yellow-green with silvery yellow woolly hairs covering the entire bract. Height 10' to 17' full sun to 50% shade. Foliage green musoid. It is truly breath taking!
A glorious heliconia with spiralled long pendant red bracts with yellow tips shading to green. A fantastic variety from Costa Rica. Banana like leaves with a white waxy coating on stems, midrib and lower leaf blades. Height 12' to 15' blooming Feb.- Oct. with peak July-Sept.
A true dwarf variety of standard H.Rostrata that was obtained in Hawaii, it flowers easily at 3' to 5' even it container culture. It has the same appearance and characteristics as standard rostrata except it's inflorescence is smaller and shorter. A great new cultivator for gardeners with limited space!