Crane Flower

Strelitzia juncea

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Flowers of the Rush-leaved Strelitzia in the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town. This drought resistant Strelitzia occurs sparsely near Uitenhage, Patensie and just north of Port Elizabeth.
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This is a striking feature plant with upright cylindrical leaves without a leaf blade, growing from 1 to 2 m in height and producing large orange or yellow flowers borne on long, cylindrical scapes from May to October. Strelitzia juncea is one of five Strelitzia species in southern Africa, namely S. alba, S. nicolai, S. reginae and S. caudata.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Winter

Special features

Attracts birds

Drought resistant

Pot plant

Attracts bees

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil type

Sand, Clay, Loam

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Strelitziaceae

Flower colour

Purple, Orange

Credits

profile iconStrelitzia juncea
by John Winter, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, September 2004. (Updated by, Phakamani Xaba, , August 2011) (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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