Heliconia psittacorum Parakeet Flower or Parrot’s Beak

Heliconia psittacorum is one of the most popular type of heliconia. Its popularity is brought about by its ease in growing. Among the many cultivars of Heliconia psittacorum, the Heliconia psittacorum Parakeet Flower is the most popular because of its multi-colored flowers. It is also known as Parrot’s beak because its flowers are similar in appearance to a parrot’s plumage. Some of its common names also include parrot’s flower, parrot’s plant, parrot’s tongue, popokaytongo. This clump-forming tropical plant resembles most to the birds-of-paradise. With its reedlike stems are long and pointed banana-like green leaves that show a coppery sheen, red edge, and with midribs that are either ivory or pink in color. Heliconia psittacorum Parakeet Flower is an exotic plant that abundantly blooms all year round. The greenish yellow flowers of H. psittacorum Parakeet Flower have two parts – the outer orange-red bracts and the inner portion which is the true flower. This true flower is tubular in shape and is fused in appearance with colors ranging from yellow, red, orange or green. The dark spot at the tip of each flower give the flower the look of a parrot’s tongue. In addition, this plant produces a drupe red-orange fruit.

Psittacorums are popularly used in many cut flower arrangements. In addition, it also makes a perfect container plant. H. psittacorum Parakeet Flower is a must-have as a bedding plant, feature plant, groundcover, hedges, mixed border and many more in various tropical landscape gardens, pools, and decks.

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