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Products > Heliconia schiedeana
 
Heliconia schiedeana - Lobster Claw/ Parrot's Beak

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tropical
Family: Heliconiaceae (Heliconias)
Origin: Central America (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red & Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring
Synonyms: [H. latispatha, Hort.]
Height: 6-8 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): High Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
Heliconia schiedeana (Lobster Claw/ Parrot's Beak) - This herbaceous plant produces 6-8 foot long stalks with elongated leaf blades (3'x1'). In spring arise the tall flower stalks, often above the foliage, of showy long red bracts that are a good foil below the yellow flowers. It does best in a sheltered, lightly-shaded location with fairly moist soil. Hardy to at least 30 degrees F though may not flower in areas that get frost. For many years we sold this plant as Heliconia latispatha. We had this plant in production since 1988 until 2008 when we discontinued growing it.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Heliconia schiedeana.