Bird Of Paradise
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This small but distinctive genus comprises 5 evergreen, clumping perennials from South Africa. Foliage is large and glossy, resembling that of banana plants from the genus Musa. Large, long-stalked leaves form a "trunk" that can grow up to 10 m tall. Inflorescences consist of horizontal, boat-shaped spathes, from which colourful, crest-like flowers arise sequentially. These plants are commonly grown as ornamental houseplants, and are particularly long-lasting when cut. Perhaps the more well known species is S. reginae, or the Crane Flower.
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.
Once established, the plants are drought tolerant.
Can be grown in large pots.
Chalk, Loam, Sand
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 specimens.