Profile: Heliconia humilis
name: Heliconia humilis
Size: From 60cm
The name 'Lobster Claw
' as it is known, describes perfectly the stunning red flowers with
the leaves and flowers often being used in floral decorations as
they can stay fresh for up to a month.
Heliconias are native
to Central America, the Caribbean islands, South America and some
of the islands of the South Pacific.
The claw-shaped flower
bracts are tinged with green and stand erect off the stem.
The plant has heavily
pleated leaves, similar to those of the banana plant, that are rich
green with a red stripe down the centre.
Heliconias are an excellent
choice for containers that can be grown indoors for the winter and
outdoors during the summer.
Heliconias like well-drained
soil and plenty of sun. They do not like cold weather, or even the
slightest frost, so in colder areas they need to be grown under
They flower both in summer
Propagate either by suckers
or simply from a division of the root.
They do not need pruning
and are not prone to attack by pests or diseases.
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