Heliconia 'Dwarf Jamaican'

Heliconia stricta

Family: Heliconiaceae
Genus: Heliconia (hel-ih-KOH-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: stricta (STRIK-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Dwarf Jamaican



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

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

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade




Provides Winter Interest

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers


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Bloom Color:


Scarlet (dark red)

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Hayward, California

Homestead, Florida

Loxahatchee, Florida

Melbourne Beach, Florida

New Port Richey, Florida

Port Charlotte, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Brookshire, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 18, 2020, Weldertom from Melbourne Beach, FL wrote:

Robust grower in full sun 70% of the day here on the Central Florida Atlantic Coast. Short thick, upright claw like blooms that are scarlet re and green. We find them very beautiful.


On Aug 11, 2013, Dean48089 from Warren, MI (Zone 6b) wrote:

I bought this plant by mistake in the spring when I was purchasing plants for my patio pots. I bought it intentionally, of course, but even while I saw the label "Heliconia" I was thinking "Hedychium." Hedychiums are more winter-hardy than Heliconia and can often be overwintered either with protection or in the garage. So once I got home and relialized that I actually bought a Heliconia, I had to look it up. The size is nice, the leaves pretty, but it blooms in autumn. With tropical plants, "blooms in autumn" often means that the plant will start showing buds the day before the first heavy, killing frost. My particular plant must not have read the description because it's blooming now in August. But then I read that the blooms are held below the foliage. Below the foliage? What's ... read more


On May 4, 2011, eliasastro from Athens,
Greece (Zone 10a) wrote:

Excellent indoor pot plant.
Prefers very strong light, but not direct sun.


On Oct 16, 2005, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

From what i have read and experienced, this is the best Heliconia to grow in pots. Free grower in a greenhouse/indoors/porch/patio, to about 2 feet.In tropical areas it is a tall groundcover Leaves have a distinctive red midrib and are a medium to dark green. Also takes more shade than most Heliconias, although on the west coast our cool shade slows growth. Best in the warmest ,brightest spot in the garden without hot direct sun. In tropical, humid areas it is said to take full sun.Watch for mealys. The flowers are very large for the plant and look like an upright "lobster claw" type. Most smaller Heliconias have less flamboyant bird of paradise type flowers. Mine is blooming at one foot in October. Just a beautiful front porch potted plant.