WHITE BIRD OF PARADISE

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The White Bird of Paradise - Strelitzia nicolai, is a very impressive banana-like plant with erect woody stems that can reach a height of 20 ft. Ideal for use as an architectural plant in open landscapes, the white bird of paradise forms clumps that do not spread much more than 12 ft in diameter.

Over time it will produce beautiful, white with purple bird-like blooms, but the large, exotic, sword-like foliage alone makes the White Bird of Paradise a superb container plant. In fact, it is an ideal specimen for the conservatory.

The White Bird of Paradise is restricted to evergreen coastal forest and thicket of eastern South Africa from the Great Fish River northwards to Richards Bay.

If given the right conditions, they will flower several times in a year once established.

How to grow the White Bird of Paradise

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The White Bird of Paradise is fairly tolerant of most soil conditions and will need little water once established making them ideal for drought tolerant conditions. However it will perform best in rich loamy, moist soils with good drainage in full sun to part shade.

This stunning plant will respond well to regular feeding and a seasonal top dressing with a rich compost, and once established will.even tolerate light frost!

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