Strelitzia reginae Aiton

Bird of Paradise, Crane Flower




Family: Strelitziaceae

Genus: Strelitzia

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 9 to 11

Size: To 3' tall and wide

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade, Winter In


Elongated, silvery blue pointed leaves, stiff. Orange and blue flowers. Clumping. Damaged by frost.

Strelitzia, with leaves elliptic undulated at the base, and ribbed in a parallel manner. (Bot. Repos.)


Published in Hort, Kew. 1L 285 in 1789.

Native to South Africa, Cape of Good Hope.

Also published in Bot. Mag. 4: 119 in 1791 and Bot. Repos. 6: 432 in 1804.

!t is well known to many Botanists, and others, who have experienced Sir Joseph Banks's well known liberality, that previous to the publication of the Hortus Kewensis he made a new genus of this plant, which had before been considered as a species of Heliconia, and named it Strelitzia in honour of our most gracious Queen Charlotte; coloured engravings of which, executed under his direction, he presented to his particular friends ; impressions of the same plate have been given in the aforesaid work, in which we are informed that this plant was introduced to the royal garden at Kew, by Sir Joseph Banks, Bart., in the year 1773... (Bot. Mag.)

Strelitzia comes from the name of the queen - Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

My Experience: 

I purchased a 3-gallon plant from a Florida vendor in April 2010 and kept it in a pot, overwintering in the conservatory. In summer 2011 I planted it in the garden but dug it to overwinter. It bloomed for the first time in September 2011. In spring 2013 I separated it into 3 pieces, putting two in pots and one in the ground in the Wild Or Wacky garden. The one in the garden died in the cold winter of 2014.

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