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Narrow-leafed Bird Of Paradise

Strelitzia juncea

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Narrow-leafed Bird Of Paradise (Strelitzia juncea) at Roger's Gardens

Narrow-leafed Bird Of Paradise flowers

Narrow-leafed Bird Of Paradise flowers

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Narrow-leafed Bird Of Paradise (Strelitzia juncea) at Roger's Gardens

Narrow-leafed Bird Of Paradise

Narrow-leafed Bird Of Paradise

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  6 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  9b

Other Names:  Crane Flower

Description:

A bold structural plant that forms large clumps of stiff foliage growing in a vase shape from the base; stunning flowers of orange and blue rise above the foliage, giving the appearance of a birds head; great cut flower; shelter from frost

Ornamental Features

Narrow-leafed Bird Of Paradise features bold spikes of orange flowers with blue overtones rising above the foliage from late fall to late spring. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive narrow leaves remain bluish-green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Narrow-leafed Bird Of Paradise is an herbaceous evergreen tropical plant with a more or less rounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant. Trim off the flower heads after they fade and die to encourage more blooms late into the season. It is a good choice for attracting birds, bees and butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Narrow-leafed Bird Of Paradise is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

This plant is native to the tropics and prefers growing in moist environments with evenly warm conditions all year round. In our climate, it is usually grown as an outdoor annual in the garden or in a container. If you want it to survive the winter, it can be brought in to the house and provided with special care, and then returned to the garden the following season. In its preferred tropical habitat, it can grow to be around 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. However, when grown as an annual or when overwintered indoors, it can be expected to perform differently, and its exact height and spread will depend on many factors; you may wish to consult with our experts as to how it might perform in your specific application and growing conditions.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

Narrow-leafed Bird Of Paradise is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features