Plant ID forum: Is this a Heliconia

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Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
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microb
Mar 19, 2018 12:20 AM CST
I've been told it might be Heliconia Indica cv Spectabilis.

My plant seems to have a redder color and since I got it about three years ago it has not produced a bloom.


Name: Tofi
Sumatera, Indonesia
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tofitropic
Mar 19, 2018 5:14 AM CST
Agree a Heliconia indica, a red leaved and a variegated one also, they are not so freely flowering, if you want to see it flower try growing directly on soil, (or a large container) it grow larger then it will eventually flower
Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
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microb
Mar 19, 2018 2:23 PM CST
Thank you Tofi,

Do you know what color the bloom would be and how big can the plant get?

Mike
Name: Lin
East Central Florida (Zone 9b)

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plantladylin
Mar 19, 2018 2:47 PM CST
Wow, that sure is a beauty! I didn't even know there was a Heliconia with red leaves, much less red variegated leaves ... gorgeous! Lovey dubby I wonder if it might be H. indica 'Spectabilis'?

Scroll down this page for images:
http://heliconiasocietypr.org/...

Images of 'Spectabilis' on these pages also:
http://www.imageflora.com/imag...
http://www.heliconiasocietypr....
https://www.lifestyle.com.au/p...
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Name: Tofi
Sumatera, Indonesia
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tofitropic
Mar 19, 2018 6:25 PM CST
Thank Lin for the link, with the blooms images..

In pots they can stay small (but usually never blooms), just make pups and dye.
On ground it can get around two meters tall here, then blooms, but also produce much pups.
It tends to not blooms if the leaves being cut often, but if not cut, they got too-big too-quick, that is why they were rarely seen blooming. Even when in bloom, it usually hidden by those large leaves, and the greenish color are bit inconspicuous. So they are usually grown for their leaves.
Name: Lin
East Central Florida (Zone 9b)

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Mar 19, 2018 6:57 PM CST
And, what beautiful leaves that one has! Lovey dubby
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