The Purpose of HSI
The purpose of HSI is to increase the enjoyment and understanding of Heliconia (Heliconiaceae) and related plants (members of the Cannaceae, Costaceae, Lowiaceae, Marantaceae, Musaceae, Strelitziaceae, and Zingiberaceae) of the order Zingiberales through education, research and communation. Interest in Zingiberales and information on the cultivation and botany of these plants is rapidly increasing. HSI will centralize this information and distribute it to members.
The Heliconia Society International, a nonprofit corporation in the USA was formed in 1985 because of rapidly developing interest around the world in these exotic plants and their close relatives. We are composed of dues-paying members. Our officers and all participants are volunteers. Everyone is welcome to join and particiate. HSI conducts a Biennial Meeting and International Conference.