Here in south Florida heliconia's grow really well due to our warm wet and humid environment. One of the heliconias that is a pure show stopper is called heliconia rostrata 'lobster claw'. It's a tall lanky grower but it has a jaw-dropping vibrant display of deep red, yellow and green striped hanging cluster of bracts. The colors are super intense and grows great either in the landscape or in a container, just remember heliconia's like the soil to be on the moist side. Too wet and their tubers rot; too dry and their leaves brown up and fall off; if unsure err on the dry side which they can withstand more than wet. Their ideal light is part sun/part shade or filtered sun. Just remember, like all heliconias their rhizomes grow and spread in the ground. Over time they can certainly take up or take over where they are growing but simply cutting back the stems or digging up the rhizomes keeps them in check. They average about 7-8 ft high but can grow up to 10 ft and get about 3-7 ft wide depending on their spaces and environmental conditions.
Currently our heliconia 'lobster claw's are sold in a 3-gallon pot and are about 4 ft high x 1 1/2 ft wide. Grows in zones 8-11; not frost hardy.
Because it is a living plant we expedite shipping to make sure the plant arrives healthy and alive. Please read the section about our plants on our FAQs page for more information.