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HELICONIA

This exotic relative to the Bird of Paradise and Banana is a beautiful addition to any indoor plant collection. Its leaves are large and sometimes bightly colored. The flower heads are often called "lobster claws" due to their coloration and form. These are often hard to find and are more for the advanced grower.

TEMPERATURE: These plants like it warm with a minimum temperature of 65°.

LIGHT / WATER: They like it bright with some sun if possible. They need abundant water during spring through fall and little water during winter. Misting the leaves is beneficial during the growing season.

Repot in the spring, dividing the plants if necessary.

Though rarely seen, these are most often available in 8" or 10" pots.