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PlantFiles: 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

8 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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

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Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

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


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

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:

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

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DanKistner 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 bsharf 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.


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

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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