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botanical name:
Strelitzia reginae
Strelitzia reginae © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Bird of Paradise Flower, Crane Flower
family:  Strelitziaceae
characteristics: perennial, evergreen
height: 2.00m
width: 1.50m
growth rate: slow
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: blue-green
flower colour: orange
stem/bark: blue-green
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: 10°C
USDA zone: 10 to 11
description:
Large evergreen perennial with attractive foliage of large thick paddle-shaped, blue-green leaves. Tall stems carry the exotic looking, dramatic flowers, which are blue and orange, emerging from a hard beak-like spathe.

cultivation:
Needs warm conditions and good light. Well drained, reasonably fertile soil with regular water during the growing season, drier in winter.
Container grown plants flower best when quite congested, so re-potting is only done when really necessary.

propagation:
By division. Also from seed, but germination is very erratic.

usage:
Often used as a cut flower. Good conservatory specimen.

other notes:
Native of South Africa.

RHS AGM

pronounced: strel-IT-zee-a REJ-eye-nay

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