Strelitzia reginae is the botanical name of the plant commonly referred to as the Crane Flower, Bird of Paradise, Strelitzia or sometimes as Crane Plant. It is a plant growing up to two metres tall and with large leaves 25-70cm long and 10-30cm wide. It is a popular ornamental plant that is easy to raise, but is slow growing.
An evergreen perennial, it is from South Africa. Its flowers are however long lasting, with peak flowering in winter and early spring. Strelitzia is tolerant of soil conditions, but does great in rich loamy soils. Once established it needs little water, but before establishment needs plenty of it. Frosts are not enjoyed by this plant.
Strelitzia is a low maintenance plant that grows well in positions sunny and warm, although will grow in part shade. Strelitzia can be propagated by division and from seeds, although it will take two to five years from germination before flowering. Very young plants need to be kept in shade due to leaves burning in direct sunlight. Regular re-potting of young Strelitzia will be needed to allow for rapid development.