Heliconia psittacorum L.f.

Parrot Heliconia, Parakeet Flower, Parrot's Beak

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Family: Heliconiaceae

Genus: Heliconia

Category: Perennial

Zones: 10 to 11

Size: To 5' tall

Exposure: Part Shade, Shade, Winter In

Description: 

From Bot. Repos. Heliconia with very smooth, lance-shaped leaves; the inflorescence quite smooth; stem terminating in a zig-zag form ; sheaths containing many flowers and rolled back ; honey-cup lance-shaped, concave, and entire.

Outside the warmer zones, grown for their cut flowers which last a long time. Grows best above 70F and not less than 50F.

History: 

Published in Suppl. Pl. 158 in 1782.

Also published in Bot. Repos. 2: 124 in 1800 and Pl. Rar. Hort. Schoenbr. 1: 23 t. 48-9 in 1797 (as Heliconia humilis (Aubl.) Jacq.

Native to South America and the West Indies.

Introduced to Britain in 1797.


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