Heliconia range from medium to large sized plants with beautiful, erect or pendulous colorful inflorescences. Small flowers bloom from within large, waxy bracts.

Wildlife Facts
Common Name:
Lobster Claw
Scientific Name:
Heliconia spp.
Tropical America
  • Pink
  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Hummingbirds
Fun Facts:
  • The flowers are an important food source for some hummingbirds.
  • The showy inflorescences are use as cut-flowers.
Plant Type:
  • Perennial
Endangered Status
Endangered Status
  • Extinct in Wild (EW)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Not Evaluated (NE)
Hardiness Zones

The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones.

USDA Hardiness Zones

10a (30 °F to 35 °F)

10b (35 °F to 40 °F)

11a (40 °F to 45 °F)

11b (45 °F to 50 °F)