Bird Of Paradise
Also known as
Bird of paradise flower
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This plant has no fragrance
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Bird Of Paradise Overview
This small but distinctive genus comprises 5 evergreen, clumping perennials from South Africa. Foliage is large and glossy, resembling that of banana plants from the genus Musa. Large, long-stalked leaves form a "trunk" that can grow up to 10m tall. Inflorescences consist of horizontal, boat-shaped spathes, from which colourful, crest-like flowers arise sequentially. These plants are commonly grown as ornamental houseplants, and are particularly long-lasting when cut. Perhaps the most well-known species is S. reginae known as the Crane Flower. The seeds are toxic to dogs.
Bird Of Paradise Companion Plants
Plant with shrubs and trees or as a stand-alone specimens.
How to propagate Bird Of Paradise
Divide strong plants in cool weather.
Sow in spring/summer.
Special features of Bird Of Paradise
Sunbirds may be the pollinators, but this is unproven and other birds eat and disperse the seeds.
Once established, the plants are drought tolerant.
Can be grown in large pots.
Other uses of Bird Of Paradise
Grown for their showy flowers.
Used in landscaping as an architectural plant and focal point.
The flowers are grown commercially and used in the cut flower industry.