Looking for an unusual houseplant that the neighbours are unlikely to have? Consider Heliconia 'Hawaii'!
These plants are rarely available and they are exotic, upright beauties with long, slender evergreen leaves.
Aptly named, they have wonderful clusters of orange-red bracts which appear throughout summer. Hence, the name as these look rather like flames!
This is a houseplant in the UK, although it can be grown in a container and positioned outdoors in a sheltered spot in the summer, then moved into a frost-free conservatory or a room indoors in winter.
The Heliconia is popularly known as Lobster-Claw, also Wild Plantain or false Bird of Paradise.
It is native to the tropical Americas and the Pacific Ocean islands west to Indonesia.
As this plant is essentially a rain forest dweller, keep out of direct sunlight and keep well watered.