“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all, it teaches entire trust.” – Gertrude Jekyll

Heliconia, a tropical plant known for its bold and brilliant colour, is an excellent choice for an indoor sanctuary. Whether they come in orange, yellow, or red, these plants offer a glimpse of paradise with their vibrant, flamboyant flowers and lush green foliage. Hailing from tropical regions, Heliconia can infuse your indoor space with an exotic appeal that reminds you of a tropical rainforest.

From the broad, banana-like green leaves to the brightly coloured bracts that hold the true flowers, every part of the Heliconia plant is a marvel. The long-lasting and stunning flower heads stand in a vertical fashion, providing an alluring focal point in any room. Each species offers unique flower and leaf colour variations, letting you choose the one that best fits your indoor aesthetic.

Heliconia is not just about beauty. This tropical plant is a symbol of great returns. In the language of flowers, it stands for wealth, prosperity, and a rich and fruitful life.


Common NameHeliconia
Scientific NameHeliconia spp.
OriginTropical Americas, the Pacific Islands
Leaves ColorDeep Green
SunlightBright, indirect light
Soil TypeRich, well-draining soil
Water RequirementsRegular watering but avoid waterlogging
Maximum HeightUp to 15 feet in nature, but usually smaller indoors

Heliconias are perennials with a robust growth habit. They are mostly grown for their spectacular flowers, which are actually brightly coloured bracts or modified leaves. These bracts come in a variety of colours and shapes, offering an eye-catching display.

Types of Heliconia

Heliconia Orange

As the name suggests, this species boasts bright orange bracts that add a warm, tropical touch to any space.

Heliconia Yellow

This variant flaunts dazzling yellow bracts that radiate happiness and sunshine indoors.

Heliconia Rostrata

Also known as “hanging lobster claw,” this species features stunning red bracts with yellow tips that hang downward, resembling a lobster’s claw.

Heliconia Red

This variant showcases intense red bracts that instantly draw the eye, providing a fiery focal point in the room.

Heliconia Bihai

Also known as “macaw flower,” it produces spectacular upright inflorescences with yellow, green, and red bracts, adding a truly tropical feel.

Plant Care


Heliconia thrives in bright, indirect sunlight. Too much direct sun can scorch its leaves, while too little can affect its flowering.


Water your Heliconia regularly to keep the soil consistently moist but avoid waterlogging, as this can lead to root rot.


Plant your Heliconia in rich, well-draining soil. A good mix would be one part peat, one part pine bark, and one part coarse sand or perlite.


Repot your Heliconia every 2-3 years or whenever the plant becomes root-bound. This usually happens when you see roots growing out of the drainage holes.

Common Problems and Remedies

Despite its tropical origins, Heliconia is relatively easy to care for. However, like any plant, it can encounter some problems.

Pest Infestations

Heliconia may attract pests like aphids, mites, or thrips. Inspect the plant regularly and treat any infestations promptly with a suitable insecticide or a homemade solution like soapy water.

Overwatering or Underwatering

Both too much and too little water can be harmful. If leaves turn yellow or brown and fall off, adjust your watering routine accordingly.

Lack of Flowering

If your Heliconia isn’t flowering, it might not be getting enough light or the right nutrients. Consider moving it to a brighter location and using a balanced fertiliser.

Leaf Spot

This is a fungal disease that causes dark spots on the leaves. To treat it, remove affected leaves and apply a fungicide. Prevent it by avoiding overhead watering.

Best Places for Plant Decor in Home

In the Kids’ Room: On the Bedside Table

Heliconia can serve as an engaging point of interest in a child’s room. Its vibrant colours and exotic form can stimulate curiosity about nature and the wider world.

On a Bookshelf

Placed on a bookshelf, the plant’s colourful bracts can add life and visual interest to an otherwise monotonous array of book spines.

Next to the Sofa

With its lush foliage and vivid colour, a potted Heliconia can make an excellent accent next to your sofa, enhancing the overall aesthetics of your living room.


Heliconia, with its stunning flowers and lush foliage, truly makes a captivating addition to any indoor sanctuary. It not only adds a tropical touch but also brings a sense of prosperity and richness to your living space. The vibrant colours and unique shape of the flowers can stimulate curiosity, making it a great addition to a child’s room or a shared living space.

Incorporating plants like Heliconia into your indoor decor is a beautiful way to create a calm and serene environment. Whether placed on a bookshelf, next to the sofa, or in a child’s room, this exotic beauty can turn a plain space into a mini indoor garden. So, invite a Heliconia into your home and let it spread its tropical charm in your indoor sanctuary. Happy planting indoors!

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