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***BIRD OF PARADISE***

Description
•Strelitzia reginae (syn. S. parvifolia) – Strelitzia, Bird of paradise, or Crane lily.
The crane flower is a tufted, evergreen, acaulescent (stemless) perennial herb up to 1,5 m tall and 2 m in diameter. The roots are fleshy and finger-like and ± 25 mm in diameter. The leaves are distichous (opposite and arranged fan-like in one plane), banana-like with the leaf blade 500 x 100 mm, and the margins can sometimes be red-edged. The inflorescence stalk is 700 mm tall with 4–6 flowers that emerge in succession in a boat-shaped spathe ± 200 mm long, producing a mucilaginous substance when in bloom. The flowers have orange sepals and blue/purple petals (May to December). The fruit is a hard woody capsule that splits from the apex in summer (August to February). The seeds are round, black to brown in colour with a yellow aril (a tuft of hairs). S. reginae is one of five Strelitzia species in southern Africa: S. alba, S. juncea, S. nicolai and S. caudata.
Distribution and habitat
Strelitzia reginae occurs naturally only in South Africa: eastern coast, from Humansdorp to northern KwaZulu-Natal in coastal bush and thicket. It grows along river banks in full sun, however sometimes it occurs and flowers on margins of forest in shade.
Derivation of name and historical aspects
Stelitzia is named in honour of Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, from the house of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The specific name reginae is Latin and means ‘of the queen'.

Growing Strelitzia reginae
Strelitiza reginae can be propagated from seed and divisions. Hand pollination can be carried out as described by Notten (2002). Seed propagation is discussed in an article by Winter & Xaba (2011). Once seed has germinated, it is important to pot seedlings in a well drained fertile medium and to see that they are eventually adapted to a position in full sun. We have had great success with the following potting medium for strelitzias: 2 parts loam, 2 parts sand, 3 parts 12 cm bark, 3 parts compost and 1/2 part bone meal, and 1 part Bounce back® or 1 part 3.1.5 fertiliser. We feed our plants alternatively in May and November with a mixture of (a) 1 part superphosphates, 1 part 3.1.5, 2 parts Bounce back® and 2 parts bone meal or (b) compost. Compost or the mixture is generously scattered around the root area and watered in over a period of time. At Kirstenbosch potting/reporting, transplanting and dividing plants happens in autumn. This allows the plant to focus its energy on recovering rather than flowering. Mature plants will normally flower due to stress when divided or transplanted, an inbuilt survival mechanism. Flower stalks can be cut to allow quicker recovery. When dividing mature plants it is important to have a minimum 60 cm clump diameter, so that recovery is faster, more or less two to three years maximum, to full bloom again.

The seeds is packed in paper envelopes. Germinating power is tested, best before 12.2014. Envelope contents 2 seeds.

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- European Union – 2 – 4 weeks;
- U.S.A. and Canada – 3 – 6 weeks;
- The rest of the World – 5 – 8 weeks.
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2 bird of paradise flower seeds STRELITZIA REGINAE very rare egzotic flower, Crane lilly, Strelitzia

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