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Strelitzia reginae 'Mandela's Gold' is a rarely-offered, yet stunning golden-yellow cultivar of the common bird of paradise plant - Strelitzia reginae. This spectacular cultivated variety was developed at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, but only after 20 years of painstaking hand pollination and deliberate selection. It is currently available at the 'Seeds of Eaden' Seed shop, however numbers are in short supply.
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Growing to approximately 4-6 ft tall, 'Mandela's Gold's most identifying feature are its highly ornamental and architectural blooms. Each one displays 3 yellow sepals and 3 deep purple petals that sit on top like the crest of an exotic bird's head - hence the 'Bird of Paradise' common name of its parents.
It is smaller sized and slower growing than the regular species, Under favorable conditions you can expect to boom in three years, but it will take two or three further years to achieve a decent sized clump.
Native to South Africa, Strelitzia 'Mandela's Gold' will require warm, subtropical to tropical conditions, in rich, moist, loamy soil. It is sensitive to cold, and in particular freezing conditions, which can damage both the flowers and foliage.
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