The Heliconia Psittacorum brings an amazing tropical touch being a close relative of the banana. An evergreen perennial it can grow up to 8ft tall with glossy intense green oblong shaped leaves, smooth but leathery in texture with prominent central veins. Eye-catching upright inflorescences, in colors of red, orange yellow and greens are long lasting and appear when the plant has reached around 2 years old. The heliconia has no particular blooming season and can flower at any time throughout the year and also able to self pollinate. Very easy to grow and perfect for bringing an exotic feel to your garden, patio, conservatory or greenhouse.
Latin Name: Heliconia Psittacorum.
Common Name: Parrot Heliconia. Parrot's Beak. False Bird Of Paradise. Golden Torch. Parakeet Flower.
Native: Caribbean. South America
Hardiness: Can be grown outside through the Summer but best brought in before any frost.
Growth: Evergreen perennial. Large oblong shaped intense green leaves. Long lasting and unique upright inflorescences scarlet red, orange, yellow and green flowers. Undemanding and easy to grow. Self fertile. an flower at any time of year.
Sun: Partial sun/partial shade.
Exposure: Sheltered from wind.
Soil: Rich. Well drained soil.
Moisture: Water regularly in summer. Keep moist. Dryer in winter.