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Heliconia angusta

Lobster claws

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to July
  • Height0.6m to 1.2m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourMid to deep green

Description

Heliconia angusta (Lobster claws). This species of stalked clump perennial will produce elliptical to oblong mid to deep green leaves.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen

Origin

C & S. America & Pacific

Interest and use

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

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessTropical (min 17°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH7.0 to 6.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

When grown outdoors grow in humus-rich well-drained soil, with a position in full sun.

Propagation

Sow the seeds in the spring, divide the rhizomes in the spring also.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch out for mealy bugs, snails and red spider mites.

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