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Parakeet flower (Heliconia psittacorum) profile

Written by Maggie

Mar 22 2021

Parakeet flower (Heliconia psittacorum) profile

Parakeet flower (Heliconia psittacorum), also known as parrot's beak, parrot's flower, is 1- 1.5 m tall, leaves lanceolate or long elliptic, long stalk, sheath and stem. Parakeet flower is a good ornamental garden flower, and can also be cut or potted.

Parakeet Flower is in full bloom in spring to summer, autumn, top health, erect flower stem, inflorescences 3 horn, divergent bud 4-5, the shape resembles the beak of birds, very elegant and strange, cut flowers absorbent good, for flower arrangement advanced flower materials, also suitable for Garden planting, planting beautification.

Parakeet flower picture

Parakeet flower

Morphological characteristics of parakeet flower

Character: Perennial herbaceous plant, thick fleshy underground root, plant height 60-90 cm.

Leaves: Leaves of Parakeet flowers are slender and lanceolate, 30 -- 45 cm long, petiole long.

Flowers: Long and slender stems, tubular flowers, yellow, red bracts shiny, developed, divergent bracts 4-5.

Perennial evergreen perennial root herbs, underground root fleshy. Plant height 60 ~ 90cm. Leaves are alternate, long stalked, leathery, bright green, long lanceolate.

Inflorescence of Parakeet flower is extracted from the apex of the stem, pedicels erect, inflorescence with 4 to 5 bracteoles, floret bracts narrow, broadly lanceolate, can expose stamens .End bright red, the base orange red, shiny;Anthers long, yellow, with a black spot at the apex.

Parakeet flower is 1-1.5m tall, leaves lanceolate or long elliptic, long stalk, sheath and stem. The flowers of this kind of plant bloom from spring to summer and autumn, terminal, flower stem erect.

Ecological habits of parakeet flower

Parakeet flowers like high temperature and humidity, and the suitable temperature for growth is about 22-30℃.

Cultivation of parakeet flower

In winter or early spring, pruning and earthing 1 time, cutting off the old plants that have bloomed, and fertilizing them. After warm spring, the vitality is more exuberant, and the regeneration of new plants can blossom.

Parakeet flower like high temperatures and humidity, and the suitable temperature for growth is about 22 ~ 30℃.

Parakeet flower

Propagation of parakeet flowers

Parakeet flower propagation with sub-plant method, the whole year can be sub-plant seedlings, but to spring to summer as the best, into the plant can keep in good health, at the base of the most grow around the child plant, as long as digging with rhizome of the child plant can be another.

The best cultivation soil is rich organic matter loam or sandy loam. The soil will be more fertile if it is kept wet frequently, but well drained. Cultivation place needs sufficient sunshine, shade place is easy to grow empty, not easy to flower or flower badly.

It is best to pre-apply organic fertilizer as base fertilizer in the soil before planting. During the growth period, top dressing once 1-2 months, three elements or all kinds of organic fertilizer such as bean cake, oil meal, compost, etc., are better, increasing the proportion of phosphorus and potassium fertilizer is favorable for flowering.

In winter or early spring, pruning and earthing 1 time, cutting off the old plants that have bloomed, and fertilizing them. After warm spring, the vitality is more exuberant, and the regeneration of new plants can blossom.

The distribution region of parakeet flower

The Parakeet flower is native to Central and South America, suitable for the Pacific Islands, other birds with the same yellow.

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Species classification of parakeet flowers

Parakeet flower, which is an accepted name identified in the Chinese Plant Catalogue (CNPC), with different names such as Firebird Plantain, Yellow Bird Plantain, etc.

The purpose of parakeet flower

Potted and cut flowers

Parakeet flowers for the precious high-grade cut flowers, can also be potted ornamental. 

Garden use of parakeet flower

Parakeet flower is suitable for garden planting, planting and beautification.

Parakeet flower