A picture of a White-Flowered Wild Banana

White-Flowered Wild Banana

Strelitzia alba

Also known as

Cape wild banana, White Bird of Paradise

Jardim Botânico da Madeira DSC 0217 (14513361310) by Michael Gaylard (CC BY 2.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of White-Flowered Wild Banana

A green Strelitzia alba plant
A flowering Strelitzia alba plant
Strelitzia alba flower by Phakamani Xaba, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, November 2010
Strelitzia alba growing in habitat Eastern Cape
Strelitzia alba suckers

White-Flowered Wild Banana Overview

Strelitzia alba is the rarest of the three large banana-like Strelitzia species occurring in southern Africa which are separated by flower characteristics and distribution. Strelitzia alba is a large evergreen perennial species from the Strelitziaceae family. It produces showy foliage and flowers which resemble birds, hence the common name White Bird of Paradise and White-Flowered Wild Banana. The leaves are large and oblong in shape, measuring up to 1.5m in length, they are borne on long stems up to 2m tall. This striking plant is a popular choice for making a statement, however it needs a good amount of space so plant with care. It makes an excellent focal point for a mid-size to large garden. It may be used to create a lush, tropical effect and to offset hard landscaping, buildings and pools. Withstands salty coastal winds, making it a good feature plant or screen for coastal gardens. Due to its large size, place towards the back of borders or as showstopper!

Special features of White-Flowered Wild Banana

Attracts birds

Pot plant

Attracts bees

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves