Bird of Paradise
Flower head is composed of a large boat-shaped bract (modified leaf), green-purple in color, from which emerge a succession of orange flowers. On average there are five flowers per bract. The flower is orange with blue and purple accents. Inflorescences bend as they reach maturity. Flowers are not fragrant.
Species: Strelitzia reginae
Origin: Subtropical South Africa and South America.
Symbolizes: The Bird of Paradise is known as the ultimate symbol of paradise and freedom. It also symbolizes joy. The Strelitzia is named “Bird of Paradise” because its blossoms, when fully opened, resemble the wings of a bird in flight.
Also Known As: Crane Flower, Strelitzia
Care, Handling & Design
Temperature: Bird of Paradise are less cold sensitive than other tropical flowers like Heliconia and Red Ginger. Generally, tropical flowers should be stored at 55-65 F (13-18 C), however, Bird of Paradise can be stored as low as 45 F (7 C) without risk of chilling injury. Lower temperatures can cause cold damage or "burning".
Water: Medium water quality. Avoid softened water.
Vase Life: 7-14 days
What to Look for When Purchasing
Check for the corret harvest stage, when the first flower emerges from the bract. Look for proper packing. Individual flowers are typically wrapped in paper bags to protect from damage. The surface of the flowers should be dry upon receipt. Birds of paradise will take on average 3-5 days to open after arrival.
Flowers are heavy. Select a strong foam that can hold the flowers in place.
Birds of Paradise are best showcased when arranged with other tropical flowers and foliages as it can be stored at warmer temperatures (55-65 F/13-18 C). Birds of Paradise make excellent focal flowers for both tropical and mixed arrangements adding a unique flair to any occasion. Be sure to cut stems at a sharp angle before inserting into a vase and be sure to insert well into foam so they stay hydrated. Pair birds of paradise with tropical colors like bright yellow, pink, orange, and deep purple. Looks great in a summer wedding or as a tall centerpiece.
Pest & Disease Information
Can be vulnerable to diseases if flower surface is wet during packaging and transportation. Transport dry and use anti-fungal products.
Flowers don’t fully develop or open, mostly due to harvesting too early. Pulsing the flowers after harvest with high sugar solution helps increase the vase life and shelf life. Mechanical damage such as split leaves. Use proper protective packaging. Chill damage due to storage at low temperatures. When Birds of Paradise perish early, it is most often a function of poor water uptake. Pay special attention to the health of the stems, cutting and replacing flower food solution as necessary.
For optimal care of Bird of Paradise, please reference the chart of products below. Make sure to select your region to see which products are available.