Heliconia, Parrot's Beak
Heliconia psittacorum 'Choconiana'

Family: Heliconiaceae
Genus: Heliconia (hel-ih-KOH-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: psittacorum (sit-a-KOR-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Choconiana

Category:

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Orange

Red-Orange

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Evergreen

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

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:

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Mobile, Alabama

Valley Center, California

Bartow, Florida

Clearwater, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Palm Bay, Florida

Palm Coast, Florida

Pinellas Park, Florida

Port Charlotte, Florida

Port Saint Lucie, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Sanford, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Winter Haven, Florida

Kapaa, Hawaii

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Galliano, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

Louisville, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jul 2, 2009, DanKistner from Winter Haven, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I took my wife to St. Lucia for our honeymoon and i saw these beautiful flowers all over! I came home and researched what they were and found my self intrigued by HELICONIAS! I have been looking all over for these things, buying seeds off of ebay (we'll see if they sprout)... Anyways, i was at lowes today and saw this beautiful orange flower poking up from the back of a rolling rack from across the garden center. I knew exactly what it was and bought several. They are wonderful!

Positive

On Jan 28, 2007, bsharf from Palm Coast, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is an very showy sub-tropical plant that does well in pots in Northern Florida. It dies back in the winter, and I bring the pot into the garage when frost is predicted. I bought mine at Hope Depot.