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.