Searching For A Plant - Knowledgebase Question

Sugar Land, TX
Question by wagle_j
March 3, 2001
I am looking for a flower called "Bird of Paradise". It is a shrub that bears bright orange flowers in a cluster.
It grows mostly in western area but just a handful of houses in Houston have it.
I think the genus is "Caesalpinia".....probably a legume family.
Do you have it or do you know who sells it's seeds?

Answer from NGA
March 3, 2001


Bird of Paradise is Strelitzia reginae. Plants grow to 5' high and produce 4"-6" wide, 1 1/2' long leaves. The flowers are dramatic, bright, and look like a bird's head with a colorful beak. The plants are not generally grown from seed but are propagated by division. A local nursery, especially one specializing in tropical plants, can get one for you.

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