Strelitzia reginae

A big drop of nectar

Spring this year our Bird of Paradise plant seems to grow taller with leaves that reach over 1.5 meters high. Many of the blooms are shorter and hiding among the foliage. I cut few of the obscured flowers to fill a vase to brighten up our dining room. 

The majestic Bird of Paradise is also known as Crane Flower and the Latin name is Strelitzia reginae. The flowers somewhat resemble the head of a very exotic bird. From the base of the blue petals, drops of sticky nectars are produced. This native South African plant is suitable for mild and warm area such as Melbourne. Once established it can stand Melbourne’s cold weather during the winter that can reach 0 deg C and the scorching heat of summer that soars above 40 deg. C.

Bird of Paradise - Strelitzia reginae 5

Edited photo to make it looks like a drawing :o)

Bird of Paradise - Strelitzia reginae

Bird of Paradise - Strelitzia reginae 4

Bird of Paradise Bush

Flowering Bird of Paradise Bush – Edited, minus background

Strelitzia reginae - Bird of Paradise bush in front of the house

Strelitzia reginae – Bird of Paradise bush in front of the house earlier this year.