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Heliconia latispatha 'Distans'

Family: Heliconiaceae
Genus: Heliconia (hel-ih-KOH-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: latispatha (lat-ih-SPAY-tha) (Info)
Cultivar: Distans

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive skaz421 On Jul 29, 2006, skaz421 from Wesley Chapel, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This plant is extremely prolific. One plant has grown several shoots, some of which I cut away and sent to friends. It's in an area that gets 50/50 sun and shade. I water the plant regularly, 3-4 times a week, since it's located near Canna and Elephant Ears.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fort Myers, Florida
Merritt Island, Florida
Tarpon Springs, Florida
Venice, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida (2 reports)
Vieques, Puerto Rico

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