The Latin name of Bird of Paradise is Strelitzia. It is native to South Africa, there it is called the Crane Flower. Strelitzia is named after the Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz or otherwise known as Queen Sophia Charlotte. It is part of the Strelitziaceae family of plants. It is a perennial.
People have different opinions about this beautiful flower. Some think of it as exotic, some think of it strange and others almost consider it a weed. It grows so vigorously.
Strelitzia or Bird of Paradise definitely grows fast and flourishes in milder climates. I guess it is in harsher climates that they are considered more exotic and precious. Strelitzia or Bird of Paradise is definitely a beautiful flower that is true to its name. It does look like a bird’s head with spikes on top of the head and of course named after a very elegant bird “the Crane“.
Bird of paradise can grow wild but with a little planning and pruning you should be able to manage. In Los Angeles, you do see Bird of Paradise plants on sidewalks as well as in gardens. They also use Bird of Paradise for commercial landscaping since it is rather maintenance-free. It grows 3′ to 6′ high and flowers with exotic flowers.
How to grow Bird of Paradise or Sterlitzia:
Grow Bird of Paradise in the sun. Plant it in well-drained soil. The roots are hardy and hard to dig but you should divide them every few years. Don’t divide them too often or too small. Usually, clumps of about 2′ wide help them recover from the root damage and continue flowering.