Shade-tolerant heliconias

albabyAugust 24, 2011

I'm looking to plant some heliconias as part of a landscaping project along my back fence, but a big segment of the area I need to plant out is fairly shaded. A little direct morning sun, but mostly it will be 60-70% shaded by a large tree canopy - and completely shaded by the fence itself in the afternoon.

Does anyone have experience with particularly shade-tolerant helis that might work out for that situation?

Alan

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lac1361(z9a Lake Charles, LA)

Heliconia Sharonii and Heliconia Red Angusta can tolerate that amount of shade. Heliconia Rostrata can grow in some shade but will get pretty tall as a result of low sunlight.

Steve

    Bookmark   August 25, 2011 at 8:13AM
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albaby

Thanks, Steve. I'll see if I can track some down. I just hope they'll bloom in that much shade, but one can only try!

Alan

    Bookmark   August 25, 2011 at 5:36PM
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lac1361(z9a Lake Charles, LA)

Mine have bloomed in that much shade. I don't grow Sharonii anymore but did for years and other than being a somewhat finicky plant, it bloomed regularly for me in 60% shade. I still grow Red Angusta and it will have no problem blooming in that much shade. You can find both of these heliconia on ebay on a regular basis and the sellers, if domestic, are reliable.

Steve

    Bookmark   August 26, 2011 at 10:31AM
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