Lobster Claw, Heliconia psittacorum
Rhizomatous perennial with elliptic or oblong to linear smooth dark green leaf blades up to 20″ long resembling a banana leaf; bears erect inflorescences 5 – 28″ long of 2 – 7 upcurved-orange red bracts in 2 ranks; flowers have orange-red sepals with green-banded tips; grows 2 – 6 ft.
Prefers moist, well-drained soil; light shade
A host plant for the Owl butterfly
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