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PlantFiles: Heliconia
Heliconia stricta 'Dwarf Jamaican'

Family: Heliconiaceae
Genus: Heliconia (hel-ih-KOH-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: stricta (STRIK-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Dwarf Jamaican

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)

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


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Flowers are good for cutting
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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

Seed Collecting:
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Dean48089 On Aug 11, 2013, Dean48089 from Warren, MI (Zone 6b) wrote:

I bought this plant by mistake in the spring when I was purchasing plants for my patio pots. I bought it intentionally, of course, but even while I saw the label "Heliconia" I was thinking "Hedychium." Hedychiums are more winter-hardy than Heliconia and can often be overwintered either with protection or in the garage. So once I got home and relialized that I actually bought a Heliconia, I had to look it up. The size is nice, the leaves pretty, but it blooms in autumn. With tropical plants, "blooms in autumn" often means that the plant will start showing buds the day before the first heavy, killing frost. My particular plant must not have read the description because it's blooming now in August. But then I read that the blooms are held below the foliage. Below the foliage? What's the point? My plant is adhering to that part of its description. My house has limited space for houseplants so this guy may be let go. That the blooms are hidden in the foliage makes me somewhat indifferent to its fate. Next year I'll pay better attention and look for a dwarf Hedychium.

Positive eliasastro On May 4, 2011, eliasastro from Athens
Greece (Zone 10a) wrote:

Excellent indoor pot plant.
Prefers very strong light, but not direct sun.

Positive BayAreaTropics On Oct 16, 2005, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

From what i have read and experienced, this is the best Heliconia to grow in pots. Free grower in a greenhouse/indoors/porch/patio, to about 2 feet.In tropical areas it is a tall groundcover Leaves have a distinctive red midrib and are a medium to dark green. Also takes more shade than most Heliconias, although on the west coast our cool shade slows growth. Best in the warmest ,brightest spot in the garden without hot direct sun. In tropical, humid areas it is said to take full sun.Watch for mealys. The flowers are very large for the plant and look like an upright "lobster claw" type. Most smaller Heliconias have less flamboyant bird of paradise type flowers. Mine is blooming at one foot in October. Just a beautiful front porch potted plant.


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

Hayward, California
Homestead, Florida
Loxahatchee, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
Brookshire, Texas

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