Highly sought after for its unusual and colorful inflorescences, Hanging Lobster Claw has pendulous blooms of striking red and yellow bracts that often reach 3’ in length. When grown in a pot, it starts blooming once the plant reaches 4-5’ tall and the amazing inflorescences will appear one after another creating a spectacular show for the gardener to enjoy. Grow in full to partial sun in fertile, well-draining soil that's slightly acidic. We saw this heliconia blooming in all its glory at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden on the Big Island. What a spectacular sight! When grown directly in the ground, Heliconia rostrata can reach upwards of 10-15’ tall.