Heliconia aemygdiana

Heliconia aemygdiana

Heliconia aemygdiana of Lobster Claw has a striking pink and yellow inflorescence.

It is a medium sized Heliconia. Not hardy, it can be grown in pot, spend the summer outdoors and overwinter indoors.

Description:

The inflorescence is very exotic: the bracts are pink-purple and yellow at the base, the flowers are apple green. The inflorescence is upright in a spiral.

The fruits are large, round and green, they turn blue when ripe.

The leaves appear, as for most heliconia’s, like those of bananas.

Usage:

Ornamental, cut flowers

Nomenclature:

Common names:

Lobster Claw, Parrots Beak

Synonym:

Heliconia aemygdiana subsp. aemygdiana

Etymology:

Heliconia: from the Latin heliconius (from Helicon, a sacred mountain in Greek mythology)
Aemygdiana: not found

Origin:

South America

Habitat:

Tropical rainforest



Hardiness:

USDA zone 9-11

Care:

Soil:

Nutritious and moist but well drained

Exposure:

Shade, partial shade

Water:

Never let the substrate dry out

Feed:

Fertilize monthly during growing season

Temperature:

Best suited for the warm greenhouse. It might prove difficult to keep it inside the house due to the low air humidity when the heating is on. Maintain a temperature of minimum 15 °C the whole year round, ideally a constant temperature of 25 °C.

Flowering:

May to August, the whole year in perfect growing conditions

Propagation:

Seed, division of the rhizome

Sowing instructions:

  • scarify the seeds
  • soak the seeds 4 days in tepid water
  • sow 2 cm deep in a light mix and moisten
  • place the pot in a heated mini-greenhouse or plastic bag which you close
  • 25-30 °C
  • germination: 1-2 weeks if the seeds are fresh, longer if the seeds are not fresh

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