Categories: Floral Close-up
Heliconia (Heliconaceae) is native to Central America, South America, and South Pacific islands. This decorative plant is found to grow in moist regions at elevations less than 1,500 feet. Plant size varies between 2 feet to 20 feet. The uniquely shaped and colorfully vibrant parts which make the heliconia so recognizable are not flowers, but highly modified leaves called bracts. The plant's flowers are actually hidden within these bracts. Heliconia blooms during the months of May through August. Among the popular varieties of this plant are the "Parrot's Beak" and "Sexy Pink."