Heliconia

An Identification Guide

Publisher: Smithsonian Books
Heliconia, large tropical flowers native to Central and South America and some islands of the South Pacific, have become favorite horticultural subjects throughout the world. Many cultivated varieties are available from florists as cut flowers or potted plants in regions where they cannot be grown outdoors and others are commonly used as ornaments for landscaping in the tropics.

Fully illustrated with color photographs that capture the reds, yellows, greens, and pinks of long-lasting heliconia blooms, this field guide is the definitive source for easy and efficient identification of 200 species, varieties, hybrids, and cultivars of the genus Heliconia. Botanical and horticultural names are given for each species, along with a brief description of morphological features, blooming time, habitat, and geographic distribution.

PRAISE FOR

“Whatever you want to know about Heliconia, you will find it here. Fred Berry and John Kress have produced the basic reference work that has been needed by both the amateur and professional communities working with, or simply enjoying, these wonderful plants.”—Gilbert S. Daniels, Past President, Heliconia Society International

“Heliconias are large tropical flowers native to Central and South America and some islands of the South Pacific. 200 species, varieties, hybrids, and cultivars of the genus Heliconia are here presented, richly photographed with brief descriptions of morphological features, blooming time, habitat, and geographic distribution.”—Booknews