Heliconia (Heliconia spp.)

Heliconia Plant Features

Heliconias are perfect for creating a bold, tropical effect in your yard. These easy-to-grow perennials show off some of the most exotic flowers available and are often used as fancy, high-end cut flowers. There's a wide range of heliconia varieties, including some that grow to tree-like proportions, but the more common types typically stay around 4 to 6 feet tall. 

In the North, heliconias are perfect for adding tropical flair as annuals or container garden plants. They're brilliant in the back of the border to create a stunning backdrop for annuals and perennials. In containers, they pair perfectly with coleus, hibsicus, and other heat lovers. 

In tropical areas, heliconias add an eye-catching note to landscape beds and borders with their large leaves and colorful, interesting flowers. 

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Heliconia Growing Instructions

Grow heliconias in part shade for best effect. Some varieties will take full sun; others will suffer sunburn if they get direct light all day so do a little research or consult the plant tag before planting. 

Water heliconias regularly during periods of extended drought to keep them healthy and beautiful. If they dry out too much, their large leaves may turn yellow or brown.

You probably don't need to fertilize heliconias if you grow them in your landscape; they're typically able to get all the nutrients they need from the soil. But if you grow heliconia in containers, it's best to fertilize regularly with a general-purpose fertilizer. 

Heliconia is not recommended for human or animal consumption.
  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Light

    Outside: Part sun

    Outside: Shade

    Outside: Sun

  • Colors





  • Special Features

    Deer/rabbit resistant

Complement your Heliconia

Hibiscus, Tropical
Tropical hibiscus likes similar conditions and blooms at the same time as heliconia.

Beautiful curcuma is an elegant pairing for bigger, bolder heliconia.

Caricature Plant
Complement heliconia's bold flowers with the exotic foliage of caricature plant.