Yesterday I visited Carla Black's garden in Volcan, one of the largest heliconia collections in the world. It will take me a few days to sift through the more than 100 images I took there. In the meantime, here are some of Cora's heliconias:
|H. rostrata -|
The bracts can be 2-3 feet long,
the foliage 10-20 feet high.
Here is a different species - not sure of the name - I think the common name is "Parrot Head". These blooms are much smaller, only a few inches across. Don't the orange flowers look spectacular against that purple? Not sure what the purple plant is - will have to find out:
Cora and her husband David have spectacular grounds with their house, including this little Mexican-inspired chapel filled with art:
If you are very lucky, you might visit Boquete at a time when one of their charming casitas is available to rent. Then you can enjoy these fabulous sights for yourself.