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Giant Bird of Paradise

Strelitzia nicolai

Pronunciation: stre-LITS-ee-uh NICK-oh-ly
SKU #07170

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Description A stunning, highly prized tropical plant with bold clumps of lush, long stalks held in a fountain-like formation supporting huge, blue-green leaves. As plant matures, extremely large bird-like flowers emerge, with white heads and blue tongues. Place away from housing structures to accommodate mature size. A frost-tender evergreen.
Light Full sun
Watering Keep soil consistently moist but not soggy.
Blooms Summer; nearly year-round in frost-free areas
Mature Size Slow growing clump reaches 25 to 30 ft. tall, 15 ft. wide.
Deciduous/Evergreen Evergreen
Special Features Easy Care, Waterwise
Growth Rate Slow
Growth Habit Clumping
Flower Attributes Flowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Landscape Use Poolside
Design Ideas A stunning plant for a full-sun display in a bed large enough to accommodate its eventual size. This would make a fine specimen planting or in a bed with lower-growing companions.
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Gray-green
Companion Plants Lantana (Lantana); Madagascar Jasmine (Stephanotis); Princess Flower (Tibouchina); Hibiscus (Hibiscus); Plumbago (Plumbago); Jatropha (Jatropha)
Care Thrives in rich loamy soils, but highly adaptable to many soil types. Provide shelter from harsh winds. Water deeply, regularly in first few growing seasons to establish root system; once established, tolerates moderate drought but looks best with regular water. Remove ragged leaves from clump periodically.

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