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Strelitzia reginae

Bird of paradise

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Plant type

General houseplant

Flower colour

Blue, Orange





Skill level


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Plant details

This is tender plant from South Africa which can be grown in the greenhouse. It has truly exotic and unforgettable blooms in rich, iridescent orange and midnight blue. These flowers conjure up the image of its common name, bird of paradise. The leaves are large and oblong to lance-shaped, similar to the leaves of a banana plant. Plants can be brought out onto the patio in summer in very warm, sheltered areas.The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Strelitziaceae

Genus: Strelitzia

Species: reginae

Plant type: General houseplant

Flower colour: Blue, Orange

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 200cm

Spread: 75cm

Time to plant seeds: March to April

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