Giant Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai)


Giant Bird of Paradise

Strelitzia nicolai

Make any landscape pop with the addition of Giant Bird of Paradise! From South Africa, Strelitzia nicolai is a bold evergreen that can grow to be a medium-sized, clumping tree-like plant. It is a highly prized tropical specimen noted for its extremely large bird-like flowers that bloom in the fall and winter. These flowers feature white heads and dark blue tongues that attract hummingbirds and humans alike! Its large, gray-green banana-like leaves and showy flowers lend an exotic feel into any landscape. It is also a great specimen for pots and large containers where its upright growth pattern makes them an excellent candidate for larger areas with afternoon shade. This is a must-have for anyone looking to add lush, tropical foliage into a garden!

Giant Bird of Paradise loves to be planted in an area that gets plenty of full sun exposure and does well when planted in partial shade in those hotter parts of the Southwest. It is highly adaptable to many soil types, in fact, it is one of the most dramatic tropical plants that is able to thrive in desert climates. Once established, this beauty requires low to moderate water use and will even tolerate some drought.

We love to plant Giant Bird of Paradise in a large bed with lower-growing companions or used as a fine specimen plant where anyone can enjoy its stunning display of beauty. It has year round interest and many people like to grow them as a houseplant placed in large, brightly lit rooms or for creating a dramatic effect in an entryway. They also look stunning growing in a nice pot or container, placed near a deck, patio or poolside.

No matter how you plan to use it, this tropical showstopper is poised to take your landscape or home interior to the next level! Come visit our huge Palm Paradise nursery and let one of our nursery pro’s help you choose the perfect top-quality specimen for your landscaping needs!


Large tropical ornamental with huge Banana like leaves

Beautiful tropical accent or focal point for large shaded open areas

Great patio container plant

Houseplant in bright rooms