zone 10, 42050, 42051 Heliconia rostrata 'Lobster Claw'
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Heliconia rostrata 'Lobster Claw'
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Heliconia rostrata 'Lobster Claw'- This traditional and most recognized heliconia is called Pendula Lobster Claw. Blooms are pendulous or hanging up to 3 feet in length with striking red and yellow bracts. Blooms all year. 3 to 10 feet in height. In pots will flower at 5 to 6 feet tall. Full sun to 50% shade. Originally from the Amazon.

Heliconias are native to Central America, the Caribbean islands, South America, and some of the islands of the South Pacific. However their easy growth and brilliant and exotic show have made them favorite garden subjects throughout the tropics and subtropics.They are becoming increasingly popular as landscaping plants and also as potted plants and cut flowers in regions where they cannot be garden grown. There are over 450 species, varieties, hybrids and cultivars of heliconias. Depending on variety, heliconias will range in height from two to twenty feet, often with extensive rhizomatous growth. The flower or inflorescence of heliconias is nearly always terminal and may last from several days to several months. The inflorescence bracts are usually red, yellow or both, but they are sometimes green or even pink. Heliconias like water, rich soil, and sunlight. They can be grown in any area where temperatures do not fall below 40 degrees F for any length of time. The smaller heliconia varieties can be grown as indoor potted plants or in any atrium environment where ideally, temperatures are maintained in the 60 degrees F range. Heliconias are generally free of diseases.Heliconias make exceptional cut flowers, cut stems, and cut leaves. Every swimming pool should have a heliconia because of its tropical and exotic form, its grace in movement produced by breezes, and its exceptional reflections. Stokes Tropicals' Heliconia Blend (9-3-6) is a good fertilizer source for these fantastic plants.Heliconias are an excellent choice for a container plant that can be grown indoors for the winter and outdoors during the summer. Heliconias derive their beauty from highly modified leaves or bracts. Thus we cannot call a heliconia bloom a flower; it is actually an inflorescence or cluster of bracts. Dogwood, artichokes, proteas, poinsettias and other plants similarly display colorful bracts. Heliconias as cut flowers are particularly desirable because of their long lasting characteristics.


Name Heliconia rostrata 'Lobster Claw'
Grow Zone 10
Light Conditions Full Sun,Partial Sun/Shade
Water Requirements High
PH Level 5.5-6.5
Minimum Height 5 feet
Maximum Height 8 feet
Growth Habit Fast
Bloom Period Mid Spring- Eary Fall
Bloom Color Pink, Red, Orange
Fragrant Yes
Fragrance Sweet peppermint
Best Grown In Containers, Groundcover
Scientific Name Heliconia rostrata
Class Liliopsida
Family Heliconiaceae
Genus Heliconia
Species schiedeana
Cultivar Lobster Claw
Salt Tolerance Low
Grow Zone 10
Grow Zones
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by E.A. O'Donnell
on 5/1/2013
One of my favorite unusual plants
I owned a 6' Lobster Claw, in container, for years. Moved several times, took it in during freezes, did not give it a lot of special care - it lasted for years. Very striking!
by Ed Henry
on 5/29/2012
Heliconia Rostrata
I bought two and only one survived the winter :(. The last one is barely hanging on and I tend to it every day now. Can't wait to see if I can grow to maturity. Next winter, I will bring them inside for sure.

BTW, I live in zone 10
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