BIRD OF PARADISE

FAMILY: Strelitziaceae | GENUS: STRELITZIA

TYPE
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water

Plant Details

From South Africa. Evergreen plants with long-stalked, leathery leaves. Remarkable blossoms are produced intermittently throughout year; they are long lasting on plant and as cut flowers. Good for poolside; plants produce no litter and withstand some splashing. Resist deer damage. Hardy to about 28F.

giant bird of paradise

strelitzia nicolai

  • Zone TS; USDA 10-11.
  • Clumping, treelike plant to 30 feet tall and wide.
  • Grown mainly for its dramatic foliage, similar to that of banana (Musa): gray-green, 5- to 10 feet-long leaves arranged fanwise on erect or curving trunks.
  • Flowers are larger than those of Strelitzia reginae but not as colorful.
  • Floral envelope is purplish gray; flower is white with dark blue tongue.
  • Feed young plants frequently until they reach full dramatic size; then give little or no fertilizer.
  • The goal is to achieve and maintain maximum size without lush growth and need for dividing.
  • Cut off dead leaves and thin out any surplus growth.

bird of paradise

strelitzia reginae

  • Zones CS (protected), TS; USDA 9-11.
  • This old favorite is grown for its spectacular flowers, which bear a startling resemblance to the heads of crested tropical birds.
  • Blooms combining orange, blue, and white are borne on long, stiff stems.
  • Flowering is best in cooler seasons (though blooms appear year-round).
  • This species is trunkless, growing 56 feet high and about as wide; blue-green leaves are 112 feet long.
  • Benefits greatly from frequent, heavy feeding.
  • Divide infrequently, since large, crowded clumps bloom best.
  • Good in containers.
  • Recovers slowly from frost damage.

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