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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Heliconia episcopalis "Arrow Red Orange Spear" - Wordless Wednesday

Heliconia episcopalis "Arrow Red Orange Spear" - Wordless Wednesday”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ on November 10th, 2010.

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  1. This was exhibited during the Floria 2010 flower show.

    The inflorescences of this heliconia species are unique and unusual. The bracts are tightly arranged in the shape of a spear. They are pinkish red with orange yellow tips towards the base. It can grow to 2.5m tall and it flowers the whole year round. Each bloom can last for months.

    I think the spears look like the ancient weapon or spears of our indigeneous people.

    I have not seen this plant at any garden or nursery yet. Have you?

  2. I have not seen these heliconias . They do look like spears.

  3. This Heliconia species look unique! I never seen them before too!

  4. I'm not familiar with this species. The arrangement of its bracts make it look tulip shaped almost.

  5. I have seen this species before in Agricultural Park near Tenom, Sabah. There have a lots of Heliconia species and hybrid, even they have 1 corner of mini park with this plant. Not just this species, a lots of flowering species they designed as mini park, such as orchids, fern and many more. My point of view this park is marvelous!

  6. This might not be a sweet word as i appreciate the flowers but not the vegetative parts. They grow so profusely, i dont like them. I have 3 kinds of Heliconia, i tried to kill the yellow ones (forgot species), but there are rhizomes left so its difficult to eradicate. I left some of the H.rostrata though because they are a bit tame and more beautiful flowers.

  7. Lotusleaf, Malar, Bom, Makarimi, Andrea, Happy Morning!

    Andrea is right. Many gardeners hessitate to grow heliconias in their home gardens for fear of them being invasive. I felt the same too and only started with the dwarf H. psittacorum a few years ago. They are doing ok in my garden. If I grow the bigger ones like sexy pink or H.rostratum, I'll grow them in a flower pot as my ground space is limited. Those with bigger garden space can enjoy these heliconias.

  8. Those spearhead like heliconia blooms leave me wordless indeed! Stunning!

  9. wow, I love the orange-red color of that guy!

  10. I like the colours of this bloom. However< i prefer bigger heliconias. They certainly need space and gives a lush look to your garden.

  11. I've seen many heliconias but definitely not this one. Heliconia is an interesting plant. There is this love-hate relationship. You know what I mean. :)

  12. I can't believe it flowers year round! That is way beyond awesome!
    Beautiful photo.

  13. Amazing! There are plants I would not believe are real if I'd not seen them photographed!

    Here's my Wordless Wednesday:

  14. That is a very interesting looking flower. It almost looks like a fantastic spaceship landing on the surface of another planet.

  15. Wah, very unique never saw one before. Many words to describe it ~ an orange coloured hand~ can a monkey make a mistake thinking it as a banana

  16. What a magnificent garden blog you have!

    Does selamat datang mean welcome? :)

    Terima kasih for your visit on my blog.
    Greetings from Finland :)

  17. Thank you for comments, it was so nice the word you write. :)
    It´s really a beautiful flower.

    Have a nice day.

  18. Rita, yes! Selamat datang means welcome in Malay.

    Terima kasih to everyone for the nice comments.

    I think the spears also reminds me of Deepavali. The bloom looks like the flame of an oil lamp.


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