Bird of paradise

Strelitzia reginae | Also known as: Bird of paradise flower, Crane flower | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

A tender evergreen perennial, strelitzia reginae is arguably the most exotic-looking flowing plant to appear in a garden outside the tropics. Its tropical blossoms feature three erect fiery orange sepals and three purple-blue petals, two of which are fused. These blossoms emerge from a long, pointed horizontal spathe that resembles a bird’s head and beak, inspiring the common name, the bird of paradise. Its foliage is grey-green with broad, strap-shaped leaves on long stems. Its unique blossoms emerge in winter, standing out dramatically against the dull greenery and remaining until spring. The bird of paradise can only prosper in frost-free areas in moist, well-drained soil, but it is preferable to grow under glass in loam-based compost. No pruning is necessary.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 2
Spread [m]
  • 1
Dominant flower colour
  • Orange
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid winter
  • Late winter
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early winter
Foliage in spring
  • Grey-green
Foliage in summer
  • Grey-green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Grey-green
Foliage in winter
  • Grey-green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z13-15
Heat zone
  • H12-1
Heat days
  • 0 - 210
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Exotic, house plants & other
  • House plants
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Show-offs
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Cut flowers
  • Specimen
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years