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White Bird of Paradise 'Variegated'

Strelitzia alba

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





Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


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:

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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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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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Gardeners' Notes:


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 !


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?

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