Also known as
Wild banana, Wild plantain, False bird of paradise
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Lobster claws Overview
Heliconias are adapted to be pollinated by butterflies and humming birds, which can extract the nectars with their long thin tongues and probosci. The flowers hang down and have various colours from bright red and yellow to brown such as H. mariae.
Common problems with Lobster claws
How to propagate Lobster claws
Seed or division of rootstock in spring.
Other uses of Lobster claws
Grown for their spikes of colourful flowers and for the attractive foliage on younger plants.