Strelitzia reginae – Bird of Paradise Plant
A truely wonderful plant is the The Bird of Paradise, the flowers is said to resemble a cranes head, hence the common name. Available for sale from online and retail nurseries Strezlitzia plants and species or Bird of Paradise Plant, (also know as crane flower) are a striking tropical plant that grows well in cooler conditions as far south as Melbourne.
Winter flowering with spectacular flowers (see picture right) Strezlitzia Reginae is perhaps the most common of the species, however a number of other varieties exist including S. nicolai a giant type.
Full sun and a well drained soil is essential, although in warmer areas part shade is also OK.
Growing notes and care
A fascinating plant with Strelitzia blooms being sought after both in the garden and by the cut flower industry.
Stelitzias are generally a hardy plant preferring full sun to part shade and a well drained soil, be careful with fertilization of strelitzia as over fertilization can result in excessive foliage growth and less flowering. Some Strelitzia are larger growing than others.
Growing particularly well in sandy soils, they do make an excellent plant in coastal areas.
Consider Strelitzia growing in a pot. The bird of paradise is a plant that will reach a height of around 2m depending on conditions.
Increasing popular are dwarf varieties, they seem to be claimed to range in size a little from around 50cm up to 1m, so you really need to be sure of what you are buying with this one. We suggest that between 80cm and 1m is a realistic expectation. These dwarf cultivars are around 1/2 the size of a full sized plant, and are an excellent choose for the front of the border or for growing in containers.
Species and varieties
Strelitzia reginae or Bird of Paradise Plant, as it is widely known is indigenous to South Africa. Strelitzia species include :
S. Reginae, S. Reginae Miniature, S. Dwarf, S. Alba, S. Nicolai, S. Juncea, S. Caudata, S. Mandela Gold and S. Parvifolia although not all species are readily available for sale in Australia.
Propagation is by division or from seed, in the home garden seed can take 2-3 years to germinate, so be patient. These flowers are pollinated by nectar feeding birds in the wild, in cultivation they are usually hand pollinated. Larger clumps can easily be divided during dormancy.
Strelitzia plants or Bird of Paradise Plant – available for sale frorm the following nurseries
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