False Bird Of Paradise Flower
Also known as
false bird-of-paradise flower, Lobster claws, Wild banana, Wild plantain, False bird of paradise
Heliconia latispatha (Starwiz) by Justin Lebar (CC-BY-SA-3.0)
5 to reach maturity
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False Bird Of Paradise Flower Overview
Heliconia is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants in the Heliconiaceae family. They are native mainly to tropical regions in the Americas with a few species endemic to islands in the Western Pacific. There are approximately 197 accepted species in this genus and they are distinguished by their clumps of strap-like leaves and tall drooping panicles of waxy flowers. Flowers consist of a sheath of colourful bracts, with the true flowers located within and only just visible. Commonly known as the False Bird-Of-Paradise Flower, they are widely cultivated for their striking architectural appearance. Several cultivars and hybrids are available.
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How to propagate False Bird Of Paradise Flower
Seed or division of rootstock in spring.
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Other uses of False Bird Of Paradise Flower
Grown for their spikes of colourful flowers and for the attractive foliage on younger plants.