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Strelitzia nicolai

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White Bird Of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai) at Roger's Gardens

White Bird Of Paradise flowers

White Bird Of Paradise flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

White Bird Of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai) at Roger's Gardens

White Bird Of Paradise

White Bird Of Paradise

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  18 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  9a

Other Names:  Giant Bird Of Paradise

Description:

A giant variety that forms huge clumps of banana-like foliage growing up from the base; stunning blue and white flowers have the appearance of a birds head; great cut flower; shelter from frost

Ornamental Features

White Bird Of Paradise features bold spikes of white flowers with blue overtones rising above the foliage from late winter to late fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has attractive dark green foliage with bluish-green undersides. The large oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

White Bird Of Paradise is a multi-stemmed evergreen tropical plant with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its strikingly bold and coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced landscape composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tropical 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.

White 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, as a shrub it can grow to be around 18 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. However, when grown as an annual or when overwintered indoors, it can be expected to perform quite 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 tropical 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.

White Bird Of Paradise makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base 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 grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also 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  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features