Golden Lobster Claw, Expanded Lobster Claw
Heliconia latispatha 'Distans'

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

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Red-Orange

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Evergreen

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Fort Myers, Florida

Merritt Island, Florida

Tarpon Springs, Florida

Venice, Florida

Vero Beach, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida (2 reports)

Vieques, Puerto Rico

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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.