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Strelitzia augusta is a majestic plant, a true focal point for any room where it’s placed.
Massive paddle leaves with a greyish hue, are guaranteed to add the structure and focal point needed in any indoor project.
Originating in South Africa, the Strelitzia augusta should be actually classified under it’s correct designation of Strelitzia alba.
The Strelitzia family of plants has been named after the Queen Charlotte (Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz), Queen consort of King George III. She was a patron of arts and a botanist that helped expand the Kew Gardens botanical collections.
The S.augusta may be quite difficult to distinguish from it’s cousin Strelitzia nicolai, however subtle differences are noticeable: the leaves of the S.augusta have a wider leaf blade and a greyish hue, as opposed to the glossy feel of the S.nicolai.
In the wild, the leaves of the S.augusta are tattered by strong winds, and this can be seen also on cultivated specimens grown outdoors.
Care & Size Guidance
Strelitzia augusta, same as S.nicolai, are a brilliant choice for bright rooms, as they require a large amount of bright, indirect sunlight and warmth. That said, too much direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, and they prefer cooler temperatures at night.
In their native environment they can grow 10 metres tall, but grown indoors in the UK their ultimate height is usually about 3 metres, whilst their leaves can eventually grow to reach an enormous 2 metres on mature plants
To prevent yours from growing so tall, they can stay root bound happily in the same size pot for many years.
Feed during the active growing period with a balanced houseplant fertiliser and water as soon as the top inch of soil is dry to touch.