Bird of paradise

This flower has been grown at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, South Africa since 1773. Sir Joseph Banks gave this plant its scientific name, Strelitzia Reginae, after Queen Charlotte who was the Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Also known as Bird of Paradise, this plant derives its nickname from the unusual flowers that bloom mirroring the shape of a tropical bird in flight.

This plant requires plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures. Bird of paradise loves a rich soil that is well draining. It will bloom in abundance when in full sun, but indoor plants should not be in full sun. Water the soil to the point it is drenched, and then do not water again until the soil is dry.