Sunday, 17 May 2009

heliconia dinosaur

Eric gave me this hybrid, Heliconia pogonantha x mariae 'Dinosaur' about a month ago. It is also commonly referred to as the Heliconia Dinosaur. It is, as its name suggests, one of the largest heliconias around which can grow several metres tall and produces large and impressive pendulous blooms. Eric decided to discard his collection because he thought they were ugly and a bitch to maintain and cut down due to its highly fibrous trunk.

I on the other hand, am easily excited by anything wild and exotic, so taking in his castaways seemed like the right thing to do. So far, one of the rhizomes has started to shoot. Hopefully the other would follow suit.

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