Bird of Paradise – Strelitzia R. Small
Strelitzia reginae, commonly known as the crane flower or bird of paradise, is a species of flowering plant indigenous to South Africa. An evergreen perennial, it is widely cultivated for its dramatic flowers. In temperate areas it is a popular houseplant.
Belonging to its own family the Strelitziaceae and originally coming from South Africa this rather slow growing plant can reach a height of about 5′. It grows from a strong rhizome, producing leathery long oval leaves on strong stems. Fascinating inflorescence reminiscent of a crane is held above the leaves. Suitable for planting in larger containers and a very precious plant also for smaller conservatories. Can be grown in full sun to 50% of shade under temperatures not below 10 degrees Celsius.
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