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Giant Bird of Paradise
Scientific Name: Strelitzia nicolai Aiton
Family: Musaceae
Giant Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia  nicolai) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 12-13,22-26
USDA: 9b-10

Frost Tolerance: Best if protected by an overhang. Damaged at 28F (-2C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun, in Arizona, does better with afternoon shade

Origin: South Africa

Growth Habits: Clumping evergreen perennial, growing moderately fast up to 25 feet (8 m), it forms a false trunk made from the base of the leaves; banana like leaves, up to 10 feet long (3 m), with the lamina (the wide part), up to 5 feet long (1.5 m)

Watering Needs: Does better with regular water

Propagation: Seeds or clump division

The species name "nicolai" was selected to honor the russian tsar Nicolas II.

Cultural Practices:
The Giant Bird of Paradis likes frequent and heavy feedings, and a good soil, rich in humus.

Blooming Habits:
The giant bird of paradise flowers are not as showy than those of the regular Strelitzia reginae. The inflorescence is larger, with the same shape, but the colors are whitish and dark purplish blue.

Fruiting Habits:

Propagate by divisions. Since it blooms when crowded, divisions might take several years to bloom. To grow from seed, use seeds less than 6 month old, soak them for 24 hours before planting. Seeds can take 6 months to germinate.

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