Giant Bird of Paradise
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11
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