Birds Of Paradise – Reginae – Crane Flower
Bird of Paradise is a slow-growing, clump-forming species of evergreen tropical plant native to South Africa. These regal plants, for which they are named Strelitzia Reginae, for the beautiful, orange crane-like flowers that they produce, like birds of paradise. Some say the flowers of the plant resemble the heads of tropical birds, while some say they look like brightly colored birds in full flight. Their broad, arching paddle-shaped leaves resemble those of a banana plant and give a dramatic, graceful statement if kept indoors.
Strelitzia Reginae can be easily grown both indoors and outdoors, and regardless of that, the ideal growing conditions remain the same. Even indoors, these can easily reach a height of 6ft-7ft. These are known to bloom more frequently when they’re kept outdoors in full sun. The plant blooms all year long in tropical climates. The Strelitzia Nicolai or White Bird of Paradise produces a white/blue colored flower. When grown indoors or in shade, they tend to have bigger blossoms but taller stalks.
Strelitzia Reginae requires very bright light. They can be placed outdoor’s in the direct sun if properly acclimated. Indoor’s, they should be placed where it will get bright-lighting throughput the day. Use filtered lighting, away from the window during summertime to avoid sunburns. Yellowing of leaves can be seen as a sign of low lighting.
Strelitzia Reginae thrives in fertile, well-draining soil inch in organic contents, that still retains some moisture, but never soggy. They need less watering during winter and allow a few inches of soil to dry out between waterings. Soft-dechlorinated water should be used as high salt content might burn the leaves. Studies suggest that plants with exposed and pot-bound roots produce more flowering.
Some species of Strelizia might grow huge in size, for them growing outdoors is recommended. Strelitzia Reginae is known to be toxic to cats and dogs. The seeds contain toxic tannins and the leaves contain hydrocyanic acid which can adversely affect humans and pets if ingested.