I made this flower arrangement last week but couldn’t post the photos immediately because I had to find out first the name of the plant where I got those red leaves from. The flower is easy. It’s from the Heliconia psittacorum plant, one of the hundreds of species of Heliconia that grow in the tropics. Along with sunflowers, Heliconia shrubs grow rather wildly in the driveway that leads to our village.
The red leaves that cradle the Heliconia flower is from a plant that grows in one corner of the garden. I never paid much attention to it. It was part of the landscape gardening design that used to be in front of the house but which I had moved to clear the path to the lanai which we converted into a carport. The plant with the red leaves grew and grew, needing very little tending and pruning.
I recently learned that the plant with the red leaves is called Cordyline fruticosa rubra. I chose its leaves to go with the Heliconia to create a very slim and very vertical arrangement with monochromatic colors broken only by the black-tipped yellow portions of the Heliconia flower. »