Heliconia caribaea, Lobster Claw, Parrot Beak. Heliconia caribaea x bihai Jacquini
Heliconia caribaea x bihai Jacquini

Heliconia caribaea

Lobster Claw, Parrot Beak
Family: Heliconiaceae
Origin: Puerto Rico, Columbia, Central America, Caribbean
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeShadeFull sunRegular waterYellow, orange flowersRed, crimson, vinous flowersPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Heliconia caribea is one of the largest heliconias found commonly in the trade. If in reasonable conditions, it blooms all year. Many clones are available in a variety of flower colors.

Watering Needs: Moist, well drained soil.

Propagation: Clump division, or rhizome.

One of the most impressive hybrids Heliconia Caribaea x bihai Jacquini is the harder to get large growing variety. It has eyecatching bright red/orange bracts which have a thick golden border. Jacquinii is a natural hybrid that blooms prolifically in summer and autumn with spectacular huge upright bracts. A large, erect plant habit, with big broad tropical leaves. The bihais are quite tolerant of cooler conditions. Height growth varies 5-7 ft depending on the warmth of your climate. Grows well in partial shade to full sun.

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