Go Exotic with Color and Form
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.