Heliconia stricta 'Gustavos Yellow'

Gustavos Yellow Heliconia

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Description

Tall banana like leaves surround the large upright pure yellow heliconia bracts during Chicago's winter in protected greenhouses and conservatories. From each water storing bract, small pale colored true flowers appear in succession attracting pollinating insects but particularly hummingbirds looking for nectar. This is a plant native to warm humid tropical climates and requires full sun, consistently moist soils and high humidity. Challenging but not impossible in a very large container.

Soil
Moist
Plant Shape
Upright
Exposure
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Bloom Time
January - February, November - December
Bloom Color
Yellow
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border, Specimen Plant
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies
Plant Type
Bulb
Hardiness Zone
9 - 12