Bird of Paradise
Native to South Africa, the strikingly beautiful subtropical, clump-forming perennial Bird of Paradise tree can grow anywhere from 5 to more than 30 feet in height, depending on the variety. Blooming from winter to spring, flowers of the 5 varieties of Bird of Paradise range greatly in color and size, though all feature a boat-like spath and spiky, bird-like petals and sepals.
Bird of Paradise is aided in its pollinated by sun birds, which admire the spathe of the flower and often use it as a perch. Its flowers make excellent, long-lasting cuttings for display in vase arrangements.
As the most commonly recognized variety, the Strelitzia Reginae, also called the “Crane Flower,” grows to approximately 5 feet in height, forms an arching clump of waxy gray-blue to gray-green leaves and stems. It blooms in largest quantities from winter to spring, with red, yellow, orang and purple flowers.