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)

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Red

Red-Orange

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Evergreen

Herbaceous

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Positive

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.