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White Bird of Paradise - Strelitzia nicolai
White Bird of Paradise - Strelitzia nicolai

Strelitziaceae Strelitzia Nicolai none

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Grows InZone 9B · 25° to 30° F through Zone 11 · Above 40° F
Sun ExposureFull / Mostly Sun, Morning Sun / Evening Shade, Morning Shade / Evening Sun, Dappled Light / Filtered Sun
Soil DrainageWell Drained
Resistent ToDeer Resistant, Drought, Insect, Disease, Mildew, Heat
Flower ColorCream, White
BloomsSpring Blooms, Summer Blooms
Foliage ColorDark Green
Average Height12' to 15', 15' to 20', 20' to 30'
Average Width6' to 8', 8' to 10'
AttractsButterflies, Wildlife, Visual Attention
Additional Information About White Bird of Paradise - Strelitzia nicolai

NOTICE:  We do not ship our tropical plants to a location unless and until low temperatures are above 55 degrees Fahrenheit 

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Noteworthy Characteristics

Native to South Africa, the White Bird of Paradise, Strelitzia nicolai, is a large growing species thar can attain heights up to 30 feet tall with a spread of 6 to 10 feet in its native habitat. In containers, however, it stays much smaller, growing 15 feet or less. Like other Bird of Paradise, it is a tropical evergreen famous for its exotic spiky flowers that resemble a bird's beak and head plumage. The large 12-inch white, cream or pale grey flowers display a striking blue tongue and appear periodically throughout the year. The flowers make a long-lasting, striking addition to floral arrangements, lasting up to 14 days after cutting.  Ideal indoors or as an accent in warm climates. 


Where hardy outdoors, White Bird of Paradise is useful as an accent or specimen shrub beds or borders, or in containers. Where not winter hardy, it can be used outdoors as an annual in beds or as a container plant that can be overwintered indoors or year round when low temperatures drop below 55 degrees. 


USDA Zones : 9b-11

Plant Type:  Tropical Plant
Height:  10-30'
Width:  6-8'
Sun / Light Needs:   Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Type:  Rich, loamy, evenly moist soil. Peat-based professional potting mix in containers.
Water Needs:  Average
Fertilizer Needs:  Every two weeks with water-soluble fertilizer. 2 times a year with slow-release granular fertilizer. 
Maintenance:  Average
Flower Color:  Orange, blue accents
Bloom Season:  Periodically through the year
Attracts:  Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Resistances:  Disease, heat, Insect, Light Salt Spray
Fragrance:  None
Salt Tolerance:  Will tolerate light salt spray but should not be used in exposed locations near the seashore
Houseplant Usage:  Good. Night temperatures should remain above 55 degrees F for optimum growth and flowering.

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