Heliconia Plant Features
Heliconias are perfect for creating a bold, tropical effect in your yard. These easy-to-grow perennials show off some of the most exotic flowers available and are often used as fancy, high-end cut flowers. There's a wide range of heliconia varieties, including some that grow to tree-like proportions, but the more common types typically stay around 4 to 6 feet tall.
In the North, heliconias are perfect for adding tropical flair as annuals or container garden plants. They're brilliant in the back of the border to create a stunning backdrop for annuals and perennials. In containers, they pair perfectly with coleus, hibsicus, and other heat lovers.
In tropical areas, heliconias add an eye-catching note to landscape beds and borders with their large leaves and colorful, interesting flowers.
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Heliconia Growing Instructions
Grow heliconias in part shade for best effect. Some varieties will take full sun; others will suffer sunburn if they get direct light all day so do a little research or consult the plant tag before planting.
Water heliconias reguarly during periods of extended drought to keep them healthy and beautiful. If they dry out too much, their large leaves may turn yellow or brown.
You probably don't need to fertilize heliconias if you grow them in your landscape; they're typically able to get all the nutrients they need from the soil. But if you grow heliconia in containers, it's best to fertilize regularly with a general-purpose fertilizer.
Heliconia is not recommended for human or animal consumption.
Outside: Part sun
Orange, Pink, Red, Yellow
Medium water needs
Complement your Heliconia with these varieties:
Tropical hibiscus likes similar conditions and blooms at the same time as heliconia.
Complement heliconia's bold flowers with the exotic foliage of caricature plant.
Beautiful curcuma is an elegant pairing for bigger, bolder heliconia.