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Heliconia psittacorum

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

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Category:
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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:
Partial to Full Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pink
Red
Orange
Bright Yellow
Green

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

Foliage:
Evergreen

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

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

Patent Information:
Non-patented

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

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Profile:

3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive kimpaige On Aug 4, 2008, kimpaige from Orlando, FL wrote:

(zone 9b) We have a large bed of the red and orange varieties in the backyard. It grows well and the flowers last in water for up two two weeks or more when cut when they are just staring to open. We have found that they do tend to spread and that they benefit from being cut down (mowed) to remove old growth every other year. They also attract butterflies and bees.

Positive xyris On Aug 17, 2003, xyris from Sebring, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

It reliably grows for me outdoors in Zone 9b (Sebring, Florida), dying back to the ground with our rare freezes, but quickly regrowing in spring.

Positive Monocromatico On Aug 11, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

Easy to grow on moist rich organic soil and full sun. Just keep it warm all the year. Easily propagated by rhyzomes.

Regional...

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

, Florida
Bay Hill, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Bonnie Lock-woodsetter North, Florida
Citrus Park, Florida
Eatonville, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Haverhill, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Lakeside, Florida
Miami, Florida
Orange Park, Florida
Pembroke Pines, Florida
Sebring, Florida
St Petersburg, Florida
Suncoast Estates, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Vero Beach, Florida
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Vieques, Puerto Rico
Humble, Texas
Muniz, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas



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