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.
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.
Ornamental, cut flowers
Lobster Claw, Parrots Beak
Heliconia aemygdiana subsp. aemygdiana
Heliconia: from the Latin heliconius (from Helicon, a sacred mountain in Greek mythology)
Aemygdiana: not found
USDA zone 9-11
Nutritious and moist but well drained
Shade, partial shade
Never let the substrate dry out
Fertilize monthly during growing season
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.
May to August, the whole year in perfect growing conditions
Seed, division of the rhizome
- 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
- Heliconia aemygdiana: Dick Culbert