Bird of Paradise
Crane Flower, Canna-Leaved Strelitzia
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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.
Divide strong plants in cool weather.
Sow in spring/summer.
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.
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Used in landscaping as an architectural plant and focal point.
The flowers are grown commercially and used in the cut flower industry.
Purple, Orange, Blue
Plant with shrubs and trees or as a stand-alone specimen.
by Liesl van der Walt, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, July 2000. Updated by Phakamani Xaba, August 2011 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)