Name: Bird of Paradise, Crane flower (Strelitzia reginae)
Description: The Bird of paradise is an evergreen plant native to South Africa and naturalised in many warm and sunny regions of the planet. S. reginae is most commonly grown for its striking flower-heads which resemble tropical birds, hence the name.
Detail of a flower-head.
Size: This plant grows up to 2 metres tall, with leaves from 20–70 cm in length.
Detail of a leaf.
Conditions:S. reginae is a fairly tolerant and hardy plant with little dependence on regular watering once well established. It thrives best in rich and loamy soils in the full sun.
One very dry specimen.
Propagation: This plant is usually divided from desirable specimens or grown from seed.
When to plant: In temperate and sub-tropical climates it can be planted and grown all year around.