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Of all the
Heliconias around you will probably be most familiar with this one.
Heliconia rostrata is one of the most recognized and widely grown
species, but that doesn't take away from the fact that it is still
considered one of the most beautiful. The inflorescence it produces
is one of the most colorful you will ever encounter. The mature plant
normally starts to flower in the summer. The flowers last a long time
and make an excellent cut flower. It is an easy grower in tropical
areas but some room is required because the stalks can reach 7 feet
in height. Bright shade is ideal with good moisture in the air and
in the soil, but no soggy soils. Heliconias are also heavy feeders.
Sheltered areas are better because strong winds can shred the leaves
pretty bad. It can withstand temperatures in the high 20°s (with
some protection) for a while but it grows better if kept above 50°
most of the time. Those of you in not so tropical climate need not
be envious, with some work they can be grown in large pots.
-related to Bananas and Bird of Paradise
-clump forming, erect banana like foliage
ORIGIN : Peru, Ecuador
SIZE : 7' on average
GROWTH RATE : fast
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS : partial sun/filtered
WATER REQUIREMENTS : keep moist
MIN. TEMP. : high 20's
FLOWER : summer