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Strelitzia reginae (Bird of Paradise)

Strelitzia reginae

Botanical Name:    Strelitzia reginae

Common Name(s):    Bird of Paradise

Family:    Strelitziaceae

Genus:    Strelitzia

Species:    S. reginae

Plant Type:    Herbaceous perennial

Height:    36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spread:    24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Bloom Time:    Spring

Bloom Color(s):    Orange/blue

Leaves:    Evergreen

Range:    South Africa

Description

Strelitzia reginae (Bird of Paradise, Crane Flower) is species of flowering plant in the Strelitziaceae family. Native to the southern and eastern parts of the Cape Province and northern Natal in South Africa. It is a perennial plant that grows to 36-48 in. (90-120 cm) tall by 24-36 in. (60-90 cm) wide. The grey-green banana-like leaves grow about 3 ½ to 4 feet in height. Each flower comprises three, upright, orange outer tepals and three, highly modified, vivid blue inner tepals. Two of the inner tepals are joined together in a structure resembling an arrowhead with the third tepal forming a nectary at the base of the flower. Plants do well in full sun to semi-shade, love a rich loamy soil and plenty of water throughout the year.

How to Grow

Sun:    Full sun to part shade

Water:    Medium

Soil:   

Propagation:    Seeds