Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia)

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  • Bird-of-Paradise (Strelitzia reginae) If you are looking for a flowering plant for the garden that will make people slow down as they drive by your house, BoP's are a great choice. Paddle shaped leaves reach 4' in height. Blooms September through May. Hardy Zones 9 - 11. It is an excellent for a focal point in the garden with its tropical leaves and eye-catching orange and blue blossoms. It is slow growing and it typically takes several years for the first blossoms to appear. It is possible to speed up the process of producing blooms. BoP's can grow in direct sunlight or semi-shade. The plants grown in semi-shade will tend to have larger leaves than plants left in direct sunlight.

Bird of Paradise

  • White Bird-of-Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai) (aka Giant Bird of Paradise) 20' to 30' tree with 10' spread. Banana like leaves on stalk. White flowers with dark blue tongue that bloom throughout the year. Hardy in Zones 9b - 11 (can take temperatures down to 28 degrees with minimal leaf burn). Prefers sunny locations, but will do well in partial shade.