Heliconia lingulata or False Bird-of-Paradise originates from South America.
Best suited for growing as a house plant or in warm greenhouse.
Heliconia lingulata is quite big: it can reach 2-6 m in height.
The leaves can grow 1-2 m long. They look like the leaves of a banana.
The inflorescence bears 7 to 25 bracts, red or orange at the tip and yellow at the base, from which emerge a small, pale yellow flower.
Ornamental, cut flowers
False Bird-of-Paradise, Flowering Banana, Lobster Claw, Macaw Flower, Parrot’s Flower, Wild Plantain
Bihai lingulata, Heliconia weberbaueri
Heliconia: from the Latin heliconius from Helicon, a sacred mountain in Greek mythology)
Lingulata: from the Latin lingulatus (with a small tongue)
USDA zone 10-11, 4 °C
Nutritious, moist but well drained. A mixture of peat moss, sand and compost.
Sun, light, partial shade
Keep the growing medium moist
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.
In summer but can flower all year round if growing conditions are optimal
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 seeds are fresh, longer if seeds are not fresh
- Heliconia lingulata: Forest & Kim Starr