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A picture of a False Bird Of Paradise Flower

False Bird Of Paradise Flower

Heliconia spp.

Also known as

false bird-of-paradise flower

Partial Shade
Moderate watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

8m

Max

8m

4m

Min

4m

5 to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images

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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.

Special Features

Attractive flowers