Strelitzia reginae

Bird of Paradise, Crane Flower

(11 customer reviews)

From: £22.95

An iconic plant with a striking architectural form and extraordinary flowers, Strelitzia reginae, or the ‘Bird of Paradise’, is a banana-like evergreen perennial that is perfect as a statement plant for sunny interiors.

Large green paddle shaped leaves, which resemble the leaves of some banana plants, give it a distinct and impactful sculptural form which maintains the plants allure year round, whether the flowers are in bloom or not. 


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Origin: South Africa
Genus: Strelitzia
Species / Cultivar: reginae
Common Name: Bird of Paradise, Crane Flower
Synonym: Strelitzia regalis

Plant Biography

There are only 5 species in the genus Strelitzia, and all of them are from South Africa.

Strelitzia reginae in particular is also known as the ‘Crane Flower’, because of how its distinctive and beloved orange and blue flowers resemble the head and beak of a crane.  

Strelitzia reginae
Light: Direct
This plant likes as much sun as possible. Best placed in direct sunlight in a bright window.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: >8°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Light Watering
Water when several cm of soil depth is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: Medium
Easygoing in regular home conditions, keep away from cold draughts and heat sources.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to care for, just keep an eye on any extra environmental needs such as humidity.

Expert Tip

We recommend using fertiliser during the growing season to allow your Strelitzia to thrive.
The Bird of Paradise Flower

The Bird of Paradise Flower

Strelitzia reginae and Strelitzia nicolai are both indigenous to South Africa, where they are pollinated by birds; a process made possible by the shape and features of their iconic flowers. 

The colour of the flower attracts birds looking for nectar, whilst the shape of the flower makes sure they can only reach it from a particular spot – the fused blue petals. When sunbirds perch upon it to drink the nectar the petals open, covering their feet with pollen which the bird will take with it to the next plant.

Strelizia reginae flowers indoors in the UK more readily than nicolai, though it is still not easy. They both need to reach maturity before they can flower, which takes several years if grown from seed (often 6-8 years). If you’re hoping for it to flower soon, we recommend buying the most mature plant you can afford. 

Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Birds of Paradise 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. 


Strelitzia reginae can grow to a large size for an indoor plant, but they are smaller than Strelitzia nicolai, making for a more suitable choice for many homes. Indoors in the UK their eventual height can be up to about 1.5 metres tall.


To prevent yours from growing so tall, they can stay root bound happily in the same size pot for many years.

Thank you for a first class delivery.with tracker.service.This bird of Paradise plant came in first class condition with a lot shiny leaves.I am well satisfied with my order.Thank you.

Ken G.

Thank you for a first class delivery.with tracker.service.This bird of Paradise plant came in first class condition with a lot shiny leaves.I am well satisfied with my order.Thank you.

11 customer reviews for Strelitzia reginae

Plant arrived safely with very speedy delivery, quality plant, looking forward to seeing it flower over time. Came with a leaflet which is a very useful and informative guide on how to care for the plant. The was the first time I have ordered plants online and would highly recommend the Palm Centre to anyone.


Plant came well packaged plant looks healthy but the courier let the company down as I asked for the plant to be left with next door neighbor but was left outside in this very cold weather I’m hoping no damage has been done to the plant …time will tell

keith H.

Very pleased with my Bird Of Paradise plant and the salesperson was very knowledgeable on how to care for it.


I cannot thank you enough for the stunning Bird of Paradise I have received from you. It is beautiful, healthy, and it has completely transformed our home. Thank you for the wonderful service.