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Bird of Paradise


Botanical Name: strelitzia nicolai

The flowers stand above the foliage on tall stalks that rise up from the base of the plant. Flower bracts are sharply pointed and held horizontally, looking like a bird's beak.

Bright orange and blue flowers fan out from the spathe, forming the bird's colorful crest.

Toxic to pets.

Light: Bright light with at least 4 hours of direct sun each day year-round. One main reason Bird of Paradise does not bloom is insufficient light. A south-facing window, sunroom or greenhouse is ideal to give it the light it needs.

Water: Water thoroughly, but allow the the soil to dry out a bit between waterings. In winter, water sparingly.