Bird of Paradise

Common NamesOrange Bird of Paradise
Scientific NameStrelitzia reginae, S. Nicolai
Cold HardinessAs low as 24 Degrees
Light NeedsFull Sun
Flower ColorOrange
BloomsAll Year, up to 30 times
Water NeedsPlentiful during 1st six months
LeavesMedium Green
Life Perennial
Mature Height 5 Feet
Growth RateSlower
Bird of Paradise
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If you have a few small hills spaced nicely in your front lawn, why not crown them with a Bird of Paradise.  Brighten a lonely corner with its generous spread of greenery, or accent a swimming pool cabana with a mass of them on either side. The silvery leaves and large gold and blue blooms put on a show all year long, adding a regal look to the landscape.  There are two kinds, this traditional orange bird of paradise and Giant Bird of Paradise which is quite a bit larger and blooms a white flower.

This lovely is a florist’s dream and can bring it’s beauty indoors quite well, so you can be confident about taking a spray to a friend living in an apartment. You’ll want to give it plenty of room to spread out and water it industriously in the first six months.  Once grown, they are fairly independent.  However, be sure to cover them if the temperature is predicted to go down to 28 degrees.  You’ll be happy to learn that this specimen is expected to live for 15 years.  Gives you something to look forward to, doesn’t it?


Buy at an Orlando Nursery near you

  • Pokey’s Lake Jem Citrus Nursery

    3259 N. Orange Blossom Trail Zellwood, FL 32798

    Only Fruit Trees, no shipping