I planted one of these plants years ago, and now I have a large patch. I love the way that the summer flowers attract many hummingbirds. It is one of the most cold-hardy of the heliconias, and I have seen them resprout after 19F in my garden.
MEDICINAL USES: It is used for "ulcers of the scalp" in South America. 
CUT FLOWER: It is often used as a cut flower.
WILDLIFE: The tubular orange flowers attract hummingbirds. "In the American Tropics, hummingbirds are the exclusive pollinators of red, yellow , pink and orange heliconias while nectar feeding bats are the pollinators of green heliconias. (Kepler, A. K. 1999. Exotic Tropicals of Hawaii.)" 
NATIVE TO: The Caribbean and northern South America in the Amazon rain forest. “French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago.”  “It is reportedly naturalized in Gambia, Thailand, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Jamaica and the Lesser Antilles.” 
DECSRIPTION: An erect perennial herb, quickly growing to three feet tall. Considered small for a heliconia. Plants die back in cooler winter areas.
- LEAVES: Pointed, long.
- FLOWERS: Yellow, from within orange to pinkish-red bracts. "Its sepals are cream colored with green-black bands."  Blloming all year long in the warmest parts of the state.
- LIGHT: This species prefers at least five hours of direct sunlight each day. 
- SOIL: Acid.  It loves rich soil. 
- WATER: Although somewhat drought tolerant, it prefers moist soil. 
- PROPAGATION: Rhizome division.
- PROBLEMS: Possible Fe and Mo deficiency.
- ORNAMENTAL: Planted as an ornamental. in the warmest areas of Florida.
Rate of GrowthFast
Ease of growth
 Betrock’s Reference Guide to Florida Landscape Plants
 South American Medicinal Plants: Botany, Remedial Properties and General Use
 National Tropical Botanical Garden