In A Vase on Monday – Tropical Depression Heliconia



Happily, we are not in Hurricane season in South Florida as of yet. This Tropical Depression is caused by tropical flowers placed in a Depression Glass cream pitcher I found  years ago while cleaning up my parent’s house after they had passed on. I cannot recall where it came from – it could have belonged to someone important, a family heirloom, or it could be junk from a garage sale. The identity of the original owner is lost in the sands of time.


The orange flowers are from my Mexican Bush Honeysuckle (Justicia spicigera). This honeysuckle has just started flowering again after taking a winter rest. Not related to the Lonicera this is closer to Shrimp Plants and is considered a desert tropical that likes regular water – this makes absolutely no sense to me, but the plant is thriving in my side garden and flowers about six months out of the year. So, I like the desert tropicals.

The Heliconias are flowering as well, about half the ones I have in the garden. The other half, both bigger Lobster Claw types are still considering their moves. I find the Lobster Claws have to think for years before flowering. The solid red flower is Dwarf Jamaican Helicona (Heliconia stricta) which is doing well in a very shady area. The red and yellow Parrotflowers (Heliconia psittacorum) like partial shade and bloom nearly year round taking a break during the driest part of the year. The Parrotflowers are just starting to flower again, telling me summer is on its way.

Green foliage in the vase is from the Mexican Honeysuckle, a nicely textured crinkly foliage that is fortunately evergreen. The red, yellow and green twisty leaves are from a Mammey Croton (Codieum varigatum). One of the more varigated plants I have ever encountered, Mammey is a low growing Croton (3′) that is a great accent shrub.


28 comments on “In A Vase on Monday – Tropical Depression Heliconia

  1. Nice combination. I love depression glass, it is a great item to have wherever it came from. Hopefully, it will be a quiet hurricane year.

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  2. Annette says:

    Oh, how I like your exotic vases! This one is full of exotic birds too, just delightful the way they sit together chatting happily, celebrating spring perhaps?

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  3. Cathy says:

    Yes, it is always exciting to see what exotica you are going to have in your vase each week.Some are plants grown as houseplants in the UK – like the croton which I used to have one of when I focussed mostly on houseplants. Your vases just shout ‘tropical’! 🙂 Thanks as always for sharing

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  4. Kris P says:

    I love the drama of the Heliconias but their water needs regrettably put them out of bounds here. The depression era glass pitcher makes a great vase.

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  5. I think we call it pressed glass. More cheerful?! Anyway lovely glass, green looks great with red flowers

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  6. pbmgarden says:

    The Mexican Bush Honeysuckle is a winner–very lovely. And I like your depression glass container. Have a friend who collects a lot of that glassware. Nice that yours has a bit of personal connection.

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  7. Cathy says:

    Even the names of your flowers sound so exotic! Lovely combination with those Honeysuckle flowers. 🙂

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  8. AlisonC says:

    This exotic vase is such a change from what we have here. It’s so interesting to see the range people can grow. Glad there was no real depression.

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  9. Eliza Waters says:

    Ooh, love that pop of Justicia – like little fireworks!

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  10. I wuz wondering, once I saw that title! Lovely arrangement, dear florist!

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  11. Chloris says:

    Gorgeous zingy colours and just perfect in the bright green vase.

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