Strelitzia nicolai - White Bird of Paradise / Giant Bird of Paradise - 15 seeds
The White Bird of Paradise tree is a spectacular large accent plant that has banana like foliage forming huge clumps of stems to 10m in comparison to Strelitzia reginae's 1 to 1.5m. Plants form clumps of several variably sized trunks that may grow to 50cm in width under optimal conditions.
It has striking and singular blooms - the 1 to 1.5m long leaves are greyish green and arranged in fans on top of the trunks. It has striking and singular blooms composed of a dark blue bract, white sepals and bluish purple "tongue". The entire "bird" can be as large as 30cm high by 50cm long and is typically held just above the point where the leaf fan emerges from the trunk.
Flowers are followed by triangular seed capsules that contain round black seeds with bright orange arils attached.
This is an easy to grow, no mess, low maintenance plant, it grows quite quickly and is a great choice when you want tough, durable beauty for a new home landscape in warm areas.
Used with care and imagination it can be a great alternative to other large feature plants.
Strelitzias like enriched moisture retentive soils and responds well to fertiliser - feed about once a month during the warm growing season to stimulate rapid growth. When plants attain the desired size you can withhold fertiliser to slow growth and keep the plant in scale.
Site it in full sun to part shade and plant in full sun for the most flowers, in shade for fewer flowers but the best looking foliage - shifting to shade is a good compromise. Water when dry but remember it does not like saturated conditions. This plant is reasonably hardy and it can handle brief periods of frost with no damage although leaf damage can occur at temperatures below -2°C - unsightly, but rarely fatal.
Propagation is easy from from seed but note that plants require many years of growth before they begin blooming.
15 premium quality seeds shipped on receipt of cleared funds.