Strelitzia augusta

white flowered wild banana, Cape wild banana

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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.

Origin: South Africa
Genus: Strelitzia
Species / Cultivar: augusta
Common Name: white flowered wild banana, Cape wild banana
Synonym: Strelitzia alba

Plant Biography

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.

Strelitzia augusta
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: 5 - 35°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Final Size: Tall
Final size will work as a large stand-alone specimen plant.
Water Requirement: Regular Watering
Water when soil surface 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: Low
Requires no attention beyond correct position and watering. An ideal starter plant!
Eventual Height: 10.00m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 4.00 - 5.00m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.

Expert Tip

In summer, the plant can be kept outdoors, in a sheltered spot, in part shade. Make sure to keep it well watered during heatwaves, as the plant is prone to water stress.
Care & Size Guidance

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.

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