IN BLOOM: Parakeet Heliconia

Summer is coming to an end and the heliconias still seem to be popping up everywhere we go. We've been getting in the beautiful parakeet variety from our friends at Tantalus Botanicals, and we couldn't be happier.

 

This particular variety blooms year round and can be orange, red, pink, green or even cream colored. Our favorite orange resembles little firecrackers!

 

 

When arranging Parakeet Heliconia, we suggest using a more narrow mouthed vessel to help balance the delicate stems. Staggering the heights of each stem allows for a more minimal arrangement, letting the details of each bloom really stand out. For a longer lasting arrangement, mist the flowers and trim stems every couple days.

 

 

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Photos and story by Kenna Reed