Common name: Bird of paradise flower
Native to: South Africa
Strelitzia are evergreen perennials, forming a clump of long-stalked, linear to broadly oblong leaves, with stiff stems bearing beak-like bracts from which strikingly coloured flowers open in succession.
S. reginae is an evergreen perennial to 1.5m, forming a clump of long-stalked, oblong, grey-green leaves; orange and blue flowers emerge in succession from a beak-like spathe.
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Full sun to partial shade
Flowers: Showy, orange-blue flowers from a beak-like spathe
Foliage: Evergreen, grey-green, banana-like leaves
Growth habit: Clump-forming
Hardiness: Hardy but not drought resistant; needs some shelter
Height: Up to 1.5 metres
Spread: Up to 1 metre
Soil requirements: Prefers moist well-drained soils. Keep well mulched
Uses: Showy, structural species to add tropical feel to a garden. Good in swathes in large areas.