University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Flowers and Indoor Plants

Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae)

The name is derived from the large blue and orange inflorescence that resembles the beak and plumage of a brightly colored bird. The plant forms a clump of upright, waxy, blue-green leaves that emerge from the soil on long, channeled petioles. Leaves are simple, oblong in shape, with undulate margins. Overall size of this evergreen, herbaceous perennial is 3-4 feet tall. Width varies depending on the age of the plant.