R. Baldwin @ San Marcos Growers, CA
Hardy Lobster Claws
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Item #: 8710
Zones: 8a to 10b, at least
Height: 72" tall
Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?
Heliconia schiedeana is the most cold-hardy species of lobster claw. Although we have had it survive 10 degrees F in the ground, it requires two-year-old growth to produce flowers. Protection, such as a banana cage filled with mulch, should do the trick. When happy, the 6' tall stalk of bold thalia-like foliage is topped from summer through fall with upright, bright red, lobster-like inflorescences adorned with bright yellow flowers at the axils. Dry soil in winter is the key to survival in regions with cold winter climates.