Narrow-Leaved Bird of Paradise
Strelitzia juncea

Family: Strelitziaceae
Genus: Strelitzia (stre-LITZ-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: juncea (JUN-kee-uh) (Info)

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Medium Blue

Purple

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Reseda, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Tulare, California

Naples, Florida

Palm Beach, Florida

Sebring, Florida

Dayton, Nevada

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Nov 14, 2010, ovelia from Boquete
Panama wrote:

Strelitzias do fine as indoor plants, or shade plants, if you're interested primarily in the lovely leaves. To bloom, however, they must have good sun. I live in the mountains in Panama. Strelitzias grown outdoors in full sun bloom like crazy, but those on my patio--which gets a moderate amount of sun--thrive but have never produced a bloom.

Neutral

On Jul 3, 2009, xionis from Naples, FL wrote:

I have a very fine form (foliage wise) of this plant that I have been growing in Naples, FL for 14 years...it is currently in a 22" pot with at least 20 fan-shaped growths. However, try as I might, with all sorts of fertilizers, varying moisture levels and "false" day lengths, I have never been able to get a bloom from this plant. I suspect that a combination of temperature and day-length may be the culprit (we are in a much different latitude than S. Africa). Do any of you have any ideas? I have seen the same plant actually blooming on the Atlantic coast of Florida, but never on the Gulf coast. Thanks for your knowledge and expertise!

Positive

On Jan 29, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Somewhat rarer form of Strelitzia reginae, with little or no leaves on stalks/petioles. The flowers are similar but there are a lot more double flowers on this variety than on the regular S reginae. Pretty drought tolerant plant, often put in cactus gardens for color and curiosity here in Southern California. Easy to divide and move- very tolerant of abuse.