Add a touch of the tropics to any sun-splashed room with this Brazilian beauty. Its huge, deeply veined green leaves grow on narrow vertical stalks. Its blooms are spectacular. Carried on tall, upright stems, bright orange and red bracts have yellow-to-orange flowers, often tipped with dark green. Those exotic flowers remind me of Strelitzia reginae -- the bird-of-paradise plant. However, Heliconia is easier to please indoors. And you won't wait long for those magnificent flowers -- H. psittacorum blooms nearly year-round, beginning its first year.