Heliconia xanthovillosa – Shogun Jade
Another Heleconia from Central America, this one from Panama, Heliconia xanthovillosa, also known as ‘Shogun Jade’ is a pendulous variety.
It is these large yellow flower bracts tinged with green that hang down from mid to late winter into spring that make this such an attractive species. The yellow flowers are ‘neon bright yellow’ and are also covered with fine hairs.
This is a tall growing species that can reach nearly 3 metres in height. The foliage is mid to deep green and upright on tall stems.
Like many other species,Heliconia xanthovillosa, or ‘Shogun Jade’ is best grown in part shade. It requires a humus rich soil and a warm sheltered position are essential.
Each year mulch around the plant with well rotted compost to maintain a cool root run. Fertilise with a little aged cow manure and perhaps a little blood and bone.
This is a fast growing variety and should flower in its first or second year. Over time it will form a clump. Give it a little space and it will amaze you with a dazzling display.
Easy by dividing established clumps, also possible from seed, although somewhat difficult to obtain.
Fresh seeds will germinate more reliably than older seeds, germination will take from 3 weeks to over 6 months.
- Botanical Name – Heliconia xanthovillosa
- Common Names – Shogun Heliconia or ‘Shogun Jade’
- Climate – Best suited to tropical to sub tropical.
- Soil Humus rich and moist with good drainage.
- Position – Part shade, to good dappled shade.
- Frost tolerant – No
- Height – To 3 metres
- Spread – Clump forming.
- Foliage – Lance shaped, long on stems, mid to deep green.
- Flowers – Large hanging yellow bracts.
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