Bird of Paradise
Also known as
Crane Flower, Canna-Leaved Strelitzia
This plant has no fragrance
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Bird of Paradise Overview
Strelitzia reginae is a striking evergreen perennial species from the Strelitziaceae family. Originating from South Africa, this plant is now grown around the world, thought to be one of the most popular horticultural perennials in the world. It is also known by the names Bird of Paradise and Crane Flower, after the spectacular blooms. It flowers for long periods, producing vivid orange and bright purple-blue inflorescences which resemble flying birds. It is an ideal pot plant and makes lovely, long-lasting cut flowers. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.
Common problems with Bird of Paradise
Bird of Paradise Companion Plants
Plant with shrubs and trees or as a stand-alone specimen.
How to propagate Bird of Paradise
Divide strong plants in cool weather.
Sow in spring/summer.
Suckers in the spring.
Special features of Bird of Paradise
Sunbirds may be the pollinators, but this is unproven and other birds eat and disperse the seeds.
Can be grown in large pots.
Once established, the plants are drought tolerant.
Other uses of Bird of Paradise
Highly ornamental flowers. One features on the reverse of the South African 50 cent coin
Used in landscaping as an architectural plant and focal point.
The flowers are grown commercially and used in the cut flower industry.