The Heliconia champneiana is native to Mexico and Central America. This perennial, rhizome-forming heliconia species grows to a height of only about 2-2.50 m and has erect, large, firm flower stalks that point upwards. Up to 15 beautiful individual flowers develop on it, which look similar in shape to lobster claws. They appear in yellow to orange-red and are partially mottled. The plant is similar to the banana family and the leaves are almost identical and 2-4 leaves develop per shoot. It thrives remarkably well in shady locations.