Heliconia, derived from the Greek word helikonios, is a genus of flowering plants in the Heliconiaceae.The actual heliconia flower is fairly insignificant. What most people would call the 'flower' is actually a group of colourful specialised leaves, called bracts.
Heliconia, also popularly known as lobster-claw, wild plantain or false bird-of-paradise or Wild Plantain, is a beautiful flower with multi-color bracts and varied flower structure.
Heliconia is tall, spiky bracts with unique arrowhead-shaped petals. They are named for Mount Helicon, where Greek mythology placed the Nine Muses of science and the arts.
Heliconia symbolises inspiration, intuition and divine guidance.