Bird of Paradise
|Description||Highly valued for its large, exotic, colorful blooms in a bold blend of orange, blue, and white. Lends a tropical look to any landscape. A long-lasting flower for cut arrangements. Crowns of long stalks with large grey-green leaves provide year-round interest. Very useful as a specimen planting, especially on a patio or near a pool. Evergreen.|
|Light||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Watering||Keep soil consistently moist but not soggy.|
|Blooms||Summer; nearly year-round in frost-free areas|
|Mature Size||Slow growing clumps reach 3 to 5 ft. tall, and as wide or wider.|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Poolside|
|Design Ideas||Use this perennial in patio containers where its bird-like flowers and exotic foliage will make a striking impression. It also works well with other tropical-looking plants in garden plantings.|
|Companion Plants||Lantana (Lantana); Hibiscus (Hibiscus); Princess Flower (Tibouchina); Plumbago (Plumbago); Jatropha (Jatropha)|
|Care||Thrives in rich loamy soils, but highly adaptable to many soil types. Water deeply, regularly during first few growing seasons to establish root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought but looks best with regular water. Fertilize in spring before new growth emerges.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11
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