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Heliconia indica (Red Leaf)

Family Name: Heliconiaceae
Common Name: Red Leaf Heliconia
Full Sun Semi Shade Lots of Water Occasional Misting Ornamental Leaves Herbaceous Plant


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution Of horticultural origin

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form It is a rhizomatous herb with a clump forming growth habit.
Foliage Its leaves are ovate with a pointed tip. The upper surfaces of the leaves are green, while the undersides are reddish. The midribs and lateral veins are also reddish.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Form
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Hedge / Screening

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade, Full Sun
Water Preference Occasional Misting, Lots of Water
Propagation Method Division


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Pink, Red
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence

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Master ID 32983
Species ID 7397
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Species record last updated on: 20 August 2021.