Growth habit resembles banana or canna. Can grow to 15'. Prefers partial shade. Cold sensitive - suited to Zones 10b -11. Grown for big waxy flowers (primarily the bract) resembling Bird or Paradise. Can be an aggressive spreader.

  • Hanging Lobster Claw (heliconia rostrata)
    • Dave's Garden
    • University of Florida "Lobster-claw is an herbaceous perennial with leathery, dark green leaves which are borne on long petioles arising directly from the ground. It has 3- to 5-feet-tall stems terminated by a drooping inflorescence. The flowers hang in
      showy clusters that emerge from second year stalks. They are enclosed by scarlet and yellow colored bracts that are 6 to 8 inches long."
  • (heliconia stricta)
  • Parrot's Beak (heliconia psittacorum)
  • Wild Plaintain (heliconia caribaea) Grows 10 to 15' tall with 4 to 5' bracts