Strelitzia reginae is indigenous to South Africa where it grows wild in the Eastern Cape. This beautiful and adaptable beauty is perfect for home and commercial interiors. Grows up to 3 feet tall.
The uniquely shaped flower of this exotic tropical perennial resembles a bird's head, and due to it's brilliant orange and blue colors and unique form, it resembles not just any bird but a bird-of-paradise! So not surprisely Strelitzia Reginae is know as the Bird-of-Paradise flower.
Its flowers are orange or yellow in colour with dark blue tongues emerging from green boat-shaped bracts. They have no scent. They flower mostly in Winter and Spring, but they can bloom all year.
Growing them outdoors during the Summer will increase the likelihood of the plant blooming. From seeds, plants given ideal conditions will flower within 3 years. The paddle-shaped leathery leaves are about 8 inches long and 6 inches wide.
It looks like a tropical bird with vivid plumage, but the bird of paradise (Strelitzia reginae) isn't even a tropical plant. This evergreen shrub with its orange and midnight blue flowers hails from subtropical South Africa and thrives in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11.