Heliconia, Parrot's Beak
Heliconia psittacorum

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

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

Regional

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

Boca Raton, Florida

Fort Myers, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Maitland, Florida

Miami, Florida

North Fort Myers, Florida

Orange Park, Florida (2 reports)

Orlando, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Rockledge, Florida

Saint Cloud, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Sebring, Florida

Tampa, Florida (2 reports)

Vero Beach, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Edinburg, Texas

Humble, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Santa Fe, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
0
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

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

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

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.