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PlantFiles: White Bird of Paradise
Strelitzia alba 'Variegated'

Family: Strelitziaceae
Genus: Strelitzia (stre-LITZ-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: alba (AL-ba) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegated

10 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
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Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
4.5 or below (very acidic)
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive kelleyg On Sep 25, 2008, kelleyg from Largo, FL wrote:

I live in FLorida. I have a Bird of Paradise I started in a pot from a one leaf plant I bought for $5 at a vegetable stand. It now has 5 leafs sprouted and is about 4 feet tall. Mine started to turn brown at the leaf edges and it stopped sprouting new leaves from the middle. I have just transplanted it out of the pot and in to the side yard outside my kitchen window. I cant wait until it gets bigger. I think they need plenty of room as they grow and if they run out of room they probaly don't do well. On same subject- any transplant info on this plant anyone can pass my way would be appreciated. Also, when do they start to bloom?? Thanks and good luck to you and your bird of paradise !

Neutral jasmine4 On Apr 12, 2008, jasmine4 from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

I have purchased i believe a White Bird of Paradise from Lowes that was about 3 feet tall with two branchings a little over one year ago. It was transferred to a larger pot and placed near house and under patio cover where it only gets an hour or two of morning sun. I live in Phoenix, Arizona.

Recently I have noticed that the tips and outside edges of the leaves are curling inwards and turning brown. It has grown about another foot and a half taller and I water well at least once a week or more if needed. I have also started to feed with a Schultz Bloom Plus.

What should I do? Should I repot in larger container, divide the two plants and put in ground with spacing, and is it getting enough light?

First time user of site and plant and appreciate any suggestions.
Please redirect me if in wrong location for this kind of posting.
Thanks in advance.



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

Phoenix, Arizona
Delano, California
San Diego, California
Arcadia, Florida
Fernandina Beach, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Tarpon Springs, Florida
Yulee, Florida
New Orleans, Louisiana

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