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Parrot's Beak Heliconia

Parrot's Beak Heliconia
Photo: Peter Shanahan
Invasive Plant
Parrot's Beak Heliconia
Heliconia psittacorum

This tropical plant from central America has large green leaves with a red edge. It usually remains around 1.2m but can become taller. It flowers all year and sets seed which aid in its distribution and it quickly colonises areas with adequate moisture.

This old style non hybrid Heliconia should be removed and appropriately disposed of.



  • This Heliconia produces viable seed which is spread by wind and water.
  • This plant is also spread by pieces of rhizome which quickly regenerate.
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Other superior selections include;

  • Alpinia modesta - Narrow Leaf Ginger
  • Heliconia chartacea 'Super Sexy' - Hybrid Heliconia

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Alternative Plants

Cape York Lily
Photo: Macbird Floraprint
Alternative Plant Cape York Lily
Curcuma australasica
Bulbous Plants

An Australian native clumping plant growing to .75m. Leaves are long, light green and spade like. The summer flowers are yellow with the pink bracts forming a wonderful contrast. Although the plant does 'die down' through the winter months it is an excellent native ginger for the tropics.

Caribbean Heliconia
Photo: Utopia Palms and Cycads
Alternative Plant Caribbean Heliconia
Heliconia caribea 'Red'
Trees and Shrubs

This beautiful Heliconia is from the Caribbean Islands and grows to 2.5m in height. It has dark green glossy banana-like leaves with spectacular inflorescence that can be over 1m in length with brilliant red spathes.

Hybrid Heliconia
Photo: Utopia Palms and Cycads
Alternative Plant Hybrid Heliconia
Heliconia chartacea 'Sexy Pink'
Trees and Shrubs

Beautiful hybrid Heliconia growing to 1.8m with pastel pink, cream and green hanging flowers. The foliage takes on a 'shredded' look.

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