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Strelitzia, Bird of Paradise

People have different ideas about this beautiful flower. Some think of it as exotic, some think of it strange and other almost consider it a weed since it grows so vigorously. It definitely grows fast and flourishes in milder climates. I guess it is in harsher climates that is considered more exotic and precious. It is definitely a beautiful flower that is true to its name. When yo look at it, it does look like a birds head with spikes on her head and of course named after a very elegant bird the Crane.

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Strelitzia or commonly known Bird of Paradise

When you used properly in landscape and with proper pruning it won’t grow wild and can be a beautiful addition creating dramatic effects. In Los Angeles, you do see them on sidewalks as well is in gardens. They also use them for commercial landscaping since it is rather carefree. It grows 3′ to 6′ high.

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Strelitzia

The formal name of Bird of Paradise is Strelitzia is native to South Africa and is named after named after the duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz or otherwise known as Queen Sophia Charlotte. Bird of Paradise Plants love well drained soil and plenty of sunshine. The roots are hardy and hard to dig but you should divide them yet don’t divide them too much usually clumps of about 2′ wide helps them to recover from the root damage and flower.

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