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Bird of Paradise

Strelitzia species and cultivars

Family: Strelitziaceae


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

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If you live in a part Queensland where they grow, you will probably find S. reginae and S. nicholai in your local garden centres.



More Online Information


Strelitzia reginae

Strelitzia reginae SA National Biodiversity Institute (South Africa)
Strelitzia reginae Aiton 'Mandela's Gold' SA National Biodiversity Institute (South Africa)
Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae) At "Grow Me Instead" (an Australian website informing gardeners about safer alternatives to invasive ornamentals)
Bird-of-paradise College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources free publication, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA (PDF)
Strelitzia reginae, Bird of Paradise Factsheet, University of Florida, USA (PDF)
Bird-of-Paradise (Includes hints on growing from seed or division) University of Florida
Bird-of-Paradise (Strelitzia reginae) Online Manual of Subtropical Landscaping Plants, Palm Beach Community College, Florida
Bird of Paradise University of Wisconsin
Bird of Paradise Home Page Clemson University, South Carolina USA
Bird of Paradise Clemson University, South Carolina
Bird-of-Paradise Flower Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Bird of Paradise (Information about cut flowers) University of California Postharvest Technology Research and Information Center

Strelitzia reginae  Strelitzia reginae
Strelitzia reginae  Strelitzia reginae
Strelitzia reginae  Strelitzia reginae

Strelitzia nicolai

Strelitzia nicolai SA National Biodiversity Institute (South Africa)
Giant Bird of Paradise, Strelitzia nicolai Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute, California
White Bird-of-Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai) Online Manual of Subtropical Landscaping Plants, Palm Beach Community College, Florida
Strelitzia nicolai information on uses of this plant by people and animals. University of Pretoria Manie van der Schijff Botanical Garden, South Africa

Strelitzia nicolai  Strelitzia nicolai
Strelitzia nicolai  Strelitzia nicolai


Strelitzia juncea

Strelitzia juncea SA National Biodiversity Institute (South Africa)
Possible Misspellings: Strelizia

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