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Lobster claws

Heliconia mariae

Also known as

Wild banana, Wild plantain, False bird of paradise

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Tender

H1a

RHS hardiness

15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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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

Division

Seed or division of rootstock in spring.

Seed

Other uses of Lobster claws

Grown for their spikes of colourful flowers and for the attractive foliage on younger plants.