Widely grown as a house plant, this Brazilian species can grow to 6
ft (1.8 m) high under ideal conditions. It has blackish-green leaves
up to 12 in (30 cm) long. The flower spike is around 8 in (20 cm)
long, bright yellow and often tinted red or maroon. There are a
number of cultivars, varying in leaf size and pattern, and flower
colors. Louisae is the cultivar most commonly grown, with bright
creamy-white main veins and midribs. ‘Dania’ has yellow to
orange-yellow flowers, which are rarely seen, and leaves with
prominent white veins.
Hardiness zone from 11 To 12
Flowering colors: Orange, Red, Yellow
Cultivation: These tropical plants are very cold sensitive and
liable to drop foliage if exposed to temperatures below 60F (15C),
or to cool draughts for prolonged periods. In the tropics they can
be planted outdoors in moist, humus-enriched, well-drained soil in
partial shade; otherwise they require a position indoors in strong
light, though not direct sun. Cut back stems after flowering.
Propagate from seed or cuttings.