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Strelitzia

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This dry climate, sun loving genus of evergreens originates from the African continent and has found favour in Australia for many landscape applications. From full sun areas in parks, gardens and streetscapes to commercial building garden surrounds. The plants are very hardy, easy to maintain and carry brightly coloured flowers for extended periods. New forms have appealing foliage interest and are nominated by landscape architects for commercial building projects for this reason.

The more common varieties are the orange and blue flowering S. reginae (including a sub-species with bright yellow flowers), and nicolai which flowers predominantly white and blue. Other species are S.caudata and S. juncea, the latter having long petioles and short spear like leaves.

These plants are also known by their more recognised common name of "Bird of Paradise", a name derived from their similarity with the colourful plumage of New Guinea forest birds.
 
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