Heliconia! The name sounds so beautiful, like a Greek goddess's.
And the flower looks divine. I found these growing in friend Gita’s garden (yes gardening is another of her talents) where she grows them among other plants.
The bud is tight and flat and looks like a cardboard cutout painted in gay colours. As it unfurls petal by petal, it opens in all its glory swinging like a streamer.
It is called the poor man’s bird of paradise, an exotic family of flowers named after the equally exotic birds they resemble – but this one was rich enough for me.