Before visiting South Africa, I was vaguely familiar with the plant that I've always known as "bird of paradise." I never found them particularly appealing, but I had never seen them in their native environment! The scientific name of this exotic beauty is strelitzia, and they were very common and prolific in Africa. Seeing these plants growing wild and tall, full of colorful blooms, totally changed my thinking. Up until this time, I had seen them only in greenhouses or gardens in the US, usually in pots, and in that context, their natural beauty is restrained. With their angular, almost geometric blooms, showing off great colors as they stretch as high as three to four feet, the bird of paradise has gained new respect from me, and I'll never be guilty of underestimating them again!
June 5th, 2019
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