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Heliconia schiedeana 'Fire & Ice'
Heliconia schiedeana 'Fire & Ice'
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Heliconia schiedeana 'Fire & Ice'- An amazing Heliconia that was collected from northern Mexico at high elevation. Has survived fires, snow and ice. A real horticultural breakthrough. Now a heliconia that will survive in the ground outside in Zone 9 and possibly Zone 8. Plant is even more attractive because it is short (4’-5’), compact, and erect in growth. Blooms early in spring. Full sun to 20% shade. Very limited supply.

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 schiedeana 'Fire & Ice'
Common Names Lobster Claw, Parrots Beak
Grow Zone 8
Light Conditions Full Sun,Partial Sun/Shade
Water Requirements High
PH Level 5.5-6.5
Minimum Height 8 feet
Maximum Height 10 feet
Growth Habit Moderate
Bloom Period Late Spring- Early Summer
Bloom Color Bright Yellow with Red
Fragrant Yes
Fragrance Black licorice
Best Grown In Containers, Groundcover
Scientific Name Heliconia schiedeana
Class Liliopsida
Family Heliconiaceae
Genus Heliconia
Species schiedeana
Cultivar Fire and Ice
Salt Tolerance Low
Grow Zone 8
Grow Zones
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