Heliconia rostrata – Lobster Claw (6″ pot) (cut to fit in box/ships with no leaves) (on request)

This popular tropical plant produces an inflorescence that is the most colorful you will ever encounter. The striking red and yellow bracts hang down up to 3 feet in length and they resemble a lobster’s claw. This bird of paradise and banana relative is quite exotic looking and would make a nice flashy addition to your garden.

Ships in a 6″ pot. Does not come with flowers. Very tall. We will be cutting the plant down to fit in a box. Please email us with your zip code for availability.


Of all the Heliconias around you will probably be most familiar with this one.
Heliconia rostrata is one of the most recognized and widely grown species, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that it is still considered one of the most beautiful.
The inflorescence it produces is one of the most colorful you will ever encounter.
A mature plant normally starts to flower in the summer. The flowers last a long time and make an excellent cut flower.
It is an easy grower in tropical areas, but some room is required because the stalks can reach 7 feet in height. Bright shade is ideal with good moisture in the air and in the soil, but no soggy soils.
Heliconias are also heavy feeders. 
Sheltered areas are better because strong winds can shred the leaves pretty bad.
It can withstand temperatures in the high 20’s (with some protection) for a while but it grows better if kept above 50°F most of the time.
Those of you in not so tropical climate need not be envious, with some work they can be grown in large pots.

Quick Facts
-related to Bananas and Bird of Paradise
-clump forming, erect banana like foliage

FAMILY : Heliconiaceae
ORIGIN : Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia
MATURE SIZE : 7′ on average
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS : partial sun/filtered light
MIN. TEMP. : high 20’s, but best to protect
FLOWER : summer

Additional information

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 6 × 36 in
Gardino Nursery