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Bird of Paradise Flower

Strelitzia reginae

Crane Flower, Bird of paradise, Canna-leaved strelitzia

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One of the most popular horticultural perennials around the world. It flowers for long periods with its vivid orange and bright purple/blue inflorescence and is an ideal pot plant and cut flower subject.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Autumn, Winter
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Flowers are often picked for cut flowers.

Propagation

Division
Divide strong plants in cool weather.
Seed
Sowing time - Spring/Summer

Special features

Attracts birds
Sunbirds may be the pollinators, but this is unproven and other birds eat and disperse the seeds.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees.
Drought resistant
Once establish the plants are drought tolerant.
Pot plant
Can be grown in large pots.

Geography

Origin
South Africa
Natural climate
Mediterranean and sub-tropical

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Alkaline
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Ornamental
Used in landscaping as an architectural plant and focal point.
Floristry
The flowers are grown commercially and used in the cut flower industry.

Personality

Family
Strelitziaceae
Flower colour
Orange, Purples, Blue
Scent
None

Problems

Pests include the grey squirrel, caterpillars, boring insects, aphids, mealybugs, scale and spider mites. Diseases include Southern bacterial wilt.
Aphids
Aphids
Aphidoidea spp.

Companion plants

Plant with shrubs and trees or as stand alone specimen.

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