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PlantFiles: Helichopter Plant
Helicteres brevispira

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Helicteres (hel-ik-TER-es) (Info)
Species: brevispira (breh-vee-SPEE-ruh) (Info)

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Pale Yellow

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Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Monocromatico On Oct 16, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This is a tropical plant, only recomended for tropical gardens. This is a shrub that may reach up to 3m tall. It has fuzzy membranaceous leaves.

The flowers are solitary, showing pale yellow petals with red in the middle, turning into orange and red gradually when they are fertilized. You can have both colors on the same plant at the same time. The reproductive organs are on the top of a long structure, far away from the petals, positioned to touch a hummingbird´s forehead when it visits the flower after nectar.

The fruit is an spiral, developing on the top of the reproductive structure, releasing seeds when dry up.

This plant requires high temperatures, high humidity and moisture, organic soil and full sun.

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