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Strelitzia reginae 'Orange Bird of Paradise'

Strelitzia reginae 'Orange Bird of Paradise'

Strelitzia reginae 'Orange Bird of Paradise' – The slow-growing South African evergreen perennial, produces flowers all through the year if located in a tropical climate with optimum conditions. The flowers (bracts) are held above the foliage, which may reach 5-6 feet in height. The foliage and flowers are excellent in tropical arrangements. It blooms best in sun with a rich, moist soil because it has moderate wind, salt, and drought tolerance. This beautiful tropical plant can be enjoyed year-round if grown inside in containers that protect it from the cold while allowing plenty of light. 



Strelitzia reginae 'Orange Bird of Paradise' is part of the genus Strelitzia, a genus of five species native to South Africa. Strelitzias are collectively known as the Birds of Paradise. Strelitzias are in the same order, Zingiberales, as bananas, gingers, and heliconias. Like their closest relatives, they are very tropical and add vibrancy to any landscape. Strelitzias are very recognizable with robust, evergreen foliage and beautiful flowers that resemble tropical birds. They enjoy large amounts of water and do best when fertilized well. Even when grown outside of a tropical region, strelitzias can easily be grown as potted plants and protected from the cold. The plants may be three or four years old before they bloom, but can bloom as quickly as two years.   Plants have bloomed within the first two years, especially when the roots are crowded in the container.





Strelitzia reginae 'Orange Bird of Paradise'

Common Names

Crane Flower

Grow Zone

10 Average Low is 40 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit

Light Conditions

Full Sun, Partial Sun/Shade

Water Requirements

Average, do not overwater

PH Level


Minimum Height

3 feet

Maximum Height

6 feet

Growth Habit


Bloom Period

Fall- Summer

Bloom Color

Blue, White, and Orange



Best Grown In

Border, Woodland gardens

Scientific Name

Strelitzia reginae










Orange Bird of Paradise

Salt Tolerance



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Kew Royal Botanical Garden

How to Grow a Bird of Paradise Indoors

University of Florida


National Tropical Botanical Gardens


Sanibel Moorings Botanical Gardens

Online Plant Guide



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