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Heliconia lathispatha - Lobster Claw Heliconia

Heliconia lathispatha - Lobster Claw Heliconia (Heliconia lathispatha - Lobster Claw Heliconia)

This is a very beautiful species of Heliconia with very large, showy bracts and flowers. Photo taken in the Botanical Building in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA. on Aug. 27, 2017.

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What a gorgeous plant I bet the flower is a beauty to.

28 Aug, 2017


The flowers are not too showy. All the show come from the bracts. This is one of the easier Heliconias to grow in California. It's also a very large one, it can grows 10 to 12' tall. Heliconia shiedeana, which I have, grows 6 to 8 ft tall.

29 Aug, 2017


I wondered what flower could out shine the bracts its still a beauty. Wow thst is big.

29 Aug, 2017


Heliconias are grown for their very showy bracts not flowers. This one does grow tall. There's some species which grow twice as tall.

30 Aug, 2017


I can see why its a beauty even without a flower. Wow bet they are wonderful .

31 Aug, 2017


Yes, so many florist use the flowers.

4 Sep, 2017


We sometimes see varieties/species of Heliconias here in the UK. Obviously, they can only be grown as houseplants here though!

4 Sep, 2017


Yes, there's so many species and varieties. Some nurseries have a good selection of Heliconias. There's most likely on a dozen or so species (much more varieties, though) which grow well outside here in San Diego. Most are extremely tropical. So, mostly the subtropical ones grow here.

5 Sep, 2017

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