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Bird of Paradise Plants

Updated on March 17, 2013

These beautiful tropical plants are native to South Africa. There are five species of the Bird of Paradise. One of its close relatives is a banana tree. These plants can bring beauty to any landscape as well as any house or indoor place. If you do not live in a tropical region they are easy to grow indoors as a potted plant.

It generally takes about three or four years before a White Bird of Paradise begins to bloom and produce flowers. They bloom in the late winter to the mid spring with beautiful blue white flowers. When the plant is about two to three feet tall and the roots begin to be crowded in the pot that is when you can expect to see flowers start appearing. Although they are slow growers it is so worth the wait. The smallest they grow is ten feet but they can get as high as 20 feet tall.


The White Bird of Paradise loves lots of water (but are very drought resistant) and grow their best when they are fertilized well but not often. You only need to fertilize them every now and then.

When watering do not be sparing with the water but do not over water them either. Watering them about 3 times a month should be good enough for them just keep an eye on them to make sure that they do not get too dry. If the leaves start to turn brown or droop then that is a sign that it is not getting enough water.

The soil should be rich and drain well. The best pH level for these plants to thrive the best in is 5.6 - 6.5.


The Bird of Paradise can withstand most weather conditions but they can not survive in the cold months and frost will kill them fast. So if you have one planted out side and you live in a place that is prone to frost you might want to consider bringing it inside till it gets warm again.

Make sure that they get enough sunlight but they can do well in the shade or even getting partial sun.

The Bird of Paradise really doesn't need much care, just give them water and make sure they are planted in a good area then leave them be until you decide to fertilize them then you're done. Most folks who plant them indoors will plant a few plants in the pot to make a fuller looking plant.

Types of Bird of Paradise Plants

Other types of Bird of Paradise plants with a brief description of each.

White Bird of Paradise ~ Strelitzia nicolai

  • The White Bird of Paradise, or Strelitzia nicolai got its name by being named after the birth place of Queen Charlotte of the United Kingdom. It is the largest plant in the species, and the one that has been talked about here and how to care for it. It is known that some of the Strelitzia nicolai can reach a height of thirty feet tall.

Strelitzia alba

  • Strelitzia alba has lovely pure, white as snow, flowers.


Mountain Strelitzia ~ Strelitzia caudata

  • Strelitzia caudata are known as the Mountain Strelitzia for they seem to grow the best on the side of some hill and they can be recognized by their smaller orange flowers which have a bright green node on the bottom of the flowers.

Narrow Leaved Bird of Paradise

  • Our African Desert Banana brings us to another type of the Bird of Paradise plants. The Strelitzia juncea are also known as the Narrow Leaved Bird of Paradise. The colors of these are stunning with deep purple, pink and burning orange colors all in one flower. Very beautiful flowers indeed.

The Crane Lily ~ Strelitzia reginae

  • Strelitzia reginae was the first of the Strelitzia flowers that were discovered in South Africa. The bloom of the Strelitzia reginae make people think of cranes and this is why they have the name of The Crane Lily. These flowers hold true to the other beautiful Bird of Paradise plants for they really stand out with their flaming orange colors with a bright yellow and a cobalt blue color. This type of the Bird of Paradise plant is used very often by florists. With these flowers in a flower bouquet its sure to make it one of the prettiest bouquets.

The Bird of Paradise is Everywhere!

You see these plants in malls a lot as well as hospitals and other larger buildings. They are mostly seen indoors or on patios. No matter where you put it you will be very happy with its beauty.

Written by Tasha Slone, Copyright 2011


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      myawn 6 years ago from Florida

      These are pretty plants I have always loved them I want to get one. Nice hub!

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      MysteryPlanet 6 years ago

      Thanks carcro, and yes they really are some beautiful looking plants

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      Paul Cronin 6 years ago from Winnipeg

      Wow, those are beautiful plants, great pics. I have seem them before, but after seeing this hub, I definitely have to get some for my garden next year. Thanks for sharing!