Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 6-8 feet
Plant Spread: 6 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Bi-Color: Orange and blue
Bloom Size: 5"-6"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Birds
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (Part 2)Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (Part 2)
July 19, 2011

Hampton Court Palace is in Surrey, which is to the west of London and lies on the side of the River Thames. The first Flower Show was held here in 1990 but it was not until 1993 that it became a Royal Horticultural Society Show. By concentrating on environmental issues, growing your own, and cookery, it was different from the Chelsea Flower Show. It also allowed people to test new tools and to buy plants, neither of which is allowed at the Chelsea Show until the last day. Please join me as I venture through the Surrey mud to see what I can find.

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Posted by Deebie (midstate South Carolina - Zone 8a) on Aug 24, 2014 7:33 AM

I live in zone 8a and cannot grow this plant in the ground year round. I had trouble getting it to bloom regularlly. I usually place the pot outdoors during the warmer months and keep it in my garage over the winter, but last winter I decided to bring it indoors. To my surprise it started blooming in January. I will bring it indoors during the winter from now on.

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Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jun 12, 2018 8:04 PM

For the 2nd time in 8 years I thought I may have lost my plant when we got low temps of 21* & 22* this winter. It was a beautiful plant, about 4 feet tall and wide. To protect it, I covered it with an old discarded canvas patio umbrella cloth I had saved when the structure broke. Then I put a large box over it and then a large plastic tablecloth in case it rained. That's more than I've ever covered it because it's on the south side of my house. I just didn't want it to get hit as hard as it did 3 years ago. Even with all that protection it died back to the ground. I was heartbroken, but that wasn't the end. As soon as it got warm here in zone 9, about March 1, it started sprouting new leaves. It's June 12, 2018, and it has lovely new leaves that are about 2' tall. It was a setback, but I hope it will bloom.

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Plant Events from our members
tjr920 On August 20, 2015 Obtained plant
Purchased in Orlando, Florida while on vacation
lemonFresh On November 9, 2017 Obtained plant
sejod On October 1, 1998 Seeds germinated
tabbycat On July 4, 2019 Bloomed
1st bloom of 2019 is fully opened.
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Stunning color - is this a special named variety or ? by OldGardener Nov 29, 2014 12:22 AM 5
Emerging bud by Bubbles Feb 16, 2016 4:16 AM 1
Bird of paradise HELP PLEASE! by JungleJen Jun 15, 2019 11:33 AM 2
Bird of Paradise leaves browning by Sheilanah Jun 7, 2019 2:50 PM 8
Bird of Paradise by JoshuaHoeck May 19, 2019 7:36 PM 1
Name of this plant please? by ladynus Mar 20, 2019 8:03 PM 5
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Strelitzia by Aphria Oct 27, 2018 9:40 AM 21
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I guess I am about to become one of you by drdawg Apr 30, 2019 7:57 AM 1,198
What else do we grow in 2018 by hawkarica Jan 1, 2019 8:49 AM 1,225

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