A picture of a False Bird Of Paradise Flower

False Bird Of Paradise Flower

Heliconia spp.

Also known as

false bird-of-paradise flower, Lobster claws, Wild banana, Wild plantain, False bird of paradise

Partial Shade
Moderate watering
Tender

H1a

RHS hardiness

15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

8m

Max

8m

4m

Min

4m

5 to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of False Bird Of Paradise Flower

Heliconia latispatha (Starwiz)
Heliconia collinsiana var. collinsiana
Heliconia episcopalis
Heliconia rostrata, Negros Occ., Philippines

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.

Common problems with False Bird Of Paradise Flower

How to propagate False Bird Of Paradise Flower

Division

Seed or division of rootstock in spring.

Seed

Special features of False Bird Of Paradise Flower

Attractive flowers

Other uses of False Bird Of Paradise Flower

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