Strelitzia reginae

Strelitzia reginae
Botanical Family: Strelitziaceae

Common names:

  • Bird of Paradise
  • Oiseau de Paradis, Bec du Parroquet
  • Hausa
  • Djarma
  • Gourmanche
  • Tamashek
Named in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, German-born queen of Great Britain’s George III, the striking plants in this small family are native to South Africa but now are widely grown in places like Hawaii and Southern California. The best known is Strelitzia nicolai around one meter tall with long leathery, banana-like leaves and extraordinary long-lasting flowers that are orange and blue. Strelitzia nicolai is much larger, growing several meters high, with dense clusters of palm-like leaves and large flowers that are white and blue. Strelitzia like full sun, very well-drained soil, and prefers dry than very moist climates. Propagation is by seeds (which must be soaked) or root division. For more information, visit the entry at Wikipedia.

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