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Heliconia stricta

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Features

  • BloomsApril to July
  • Height1m to 1.8m
  • Spread1m to 1.5m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourVarious
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Heliconia stricta. This species is a clump growing to about 1.8m high and has a spread of 1.5m. The leaves are banana-like, and the flowers are orange-red bracts which are edged with green.

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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  • Heliconia stricta | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020

Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessTropical (min 17°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH7.0 to 6.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Propagation

Seed or division of rootstock in spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to red spider mites, mealy bugs and snails. Root rot may be problematic.

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