Bird of Paradise
Strelitzia species and cultivars
All over the world, the dramatic and colorful Bird of Pardise flower is symbolic of the tropics, but most residents of Queensland will be familiar with the common Bird of Paradise in growing in local gardens.
However, there are a number of other species and cultivars of this genus to explore.
The common orange bird of paradise (Strelitzia reginae) has an iconic flower complemented by bold, tropical-looking foliage. It will eventually form a very substantial clump.
All have heavy and vigorous root systems, so take care with placement. The larger species like S. nicolai and S. alba (= S. augusta) can get very tall as well.
S. nicolai is mainly grown for its banana-like foliage. The flower is not as spectacular as the regular bird of paradise.
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Where to buy Strelitzia
If you live in a part Queensland where they grow, you will probably find S. reginae and S. nicholai in your local garden centres.