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QUICK FACTS

  • HPRWA SCORE -3
  • SYNONYMS
  • ELEVATION RANGE Low|Mid
  • FAMILY Strelitziaceae
  • PLANT TYPE Herbaceous
  • WATER REQUIRMENTS Drought tolerant
  • SOIL REQUIRMENTS Tolerates many soil types
  • SUN EXPOSURE Full sun to Partial sun
  • SALT TOLERANCE Moderately salt tolerant
  • DRAINAGE REQUIRED No special drainage required
  • PROPAGATION METHODS Seeds & Vegetative

Strelitzia reginae
(Bird of Paradise, Crane Flower)

The bird of paradise has become synonymous with tropical gardens and is one of the most well know tropical plants. It came into cultivation back in the 1770’s when explorers found the herbaceous perennial growing in its native land of South Africa. It is grown commercially for cut flower production. As a cut flower, the bird of paradise has a reputation for lasting long enough to gather dust. It is suitable for xeriscaping, can tolerate some ocean spray and is wind tolerant! The plant will bloom more when it becomes root bound. It seems abusing the plant yields more flowers. The slow-growing plant thrives in many soil conditions. It does better with a slow release fertilizer. The striking flowers consist of 3 brilliant orange sepals and 3 bright blue petals.

Plant Uses

  • Container plant
  • Ornamental
  • Cut flower
  • Hedge

Dangers

Toxic to animals|Toxic to humans