Lobster Claw Heliconia

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Scientific Name: Heliconia rostrata

Common Names: Lobster Claw Heliconia

Overview: The Lobster Claw Heliconia showcases its unique claw-like flowers in vibrant hues of orange to red to yellow. A favorite of hummingbirds, this plant is sometimes mistaken for a Bird of Paradise. It’s also sometimes called the Parrot Flower, with tiny flowers covered by showy bracts.

When you’re thinking about the right spot to plant it, make sure to allow adequate space. This Heliconia loves to spread, and can grow up to 6 ft. tall. The Lobster Claw does well in full sun or partial shade. They thrive in well drained, slightly acidic soil that stays constantly moist. As you might expect of a tropical plant, preferred growing conditions are humid and warm. Heliconias need regular attention – food and water – to keep their optimum appearance. They can thrive indoors, provided the humidity levels are right.


Go Exotic with Color and Form


Additional information


10a, 10b, 11a

Sun Exposure

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Mature Height

3 ft – 15 ft


3 ft – 4 ft

9 reviews for Lobster Claw Heliconia

  1. NICHOLAS M. (verified owner)

    Arrived in good condition, will buy more next year thx for a great heliconia.

  2. Verified Buyer (verified owner)

    My plant arrived very battered and bruised. I had to remove about half the leaves immediately, then many more over the coming days. I probably would not order again for shipping to the west coast — the plant fared poorly.

  3. Timothy Shallahamer (verified owner)

    I’m in zone 7a and I winter 2 of these indoors. I’m going on 3 years with one and 2 on the other and have yet to get flowers, but they still add so much to the biamce of pool in the summer that I don’t even care about the flowers anymore. Beautiful plants. Also, my first purchase from Plantvine, now a multiple repeat customer 3 years later.

  4. Andrew Page (verified owner)

  5. Leslie Z. (verified owner)

    I received my Heliconia and it is absolutely perfect. It is big and healthy. It came perfectly packaged. I had never bought a plant from Plantvine ,but I will buy more .

  6. Anonymous (verified owner)

    The plant arrived in great shape and is doing very well.

  7. Harry Landers

    After trying several times with rhizomes this is the first plant for me to try. The beautiful plant came with some yellow leaves but it was in shipment for several days and was a bit dry but a good soaking it enjoying some shade and I’m looking forward to seeing it grow and maybe some flowers!!

  8. Roy (verified owner)

  9. Virginia G (verified owner)

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Why others chose the Lobster Claw Heliconia

pet safe alternative to bird of paradise