Striking and indigenous

I was (once again) looking through the pictures I have of my friend’s mom’s indigenous garden. While a lot of the plants look quite straggly and the garden uneven – indigenous gardens are wild and the antithesis of a prim rose garden – I came across these pics of a Strelitzia, which really stands out.

While Strelitzias are a dime a dozen in South Africa, they are in fact a unique and beautiful indigenous plant. Apparently the genus is named after  Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the birthplace of Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III. It is also commonly known as  the crane flower (in South Africa) and the bird of paradise flower as its flowers supposedly resemble the bird.



Strelitzia 2

Strelitzia 2

Strelitzia 3

Strelitzia 3

5 Responses to Striking and indigenous

  1. Niall McNulty July 6, 2009 at 5:27 pm #

    ama-zing! such a cool flower.

    I think, weirdly enough, somewhere like Hawaii has claimed it for their national flower even though it is indigenous to South Africa.

  2. emme July 7, 2009 at 4:31 pm #

    screw those hawaians man! it’s such a crazy plant. i love that purple/lilac colour on the bottom petal – if you can call it a petal. and the leaves made little cups at the end that gather little puddled of water for the birds. loves it.

  3. Anita October 31, 2009 at 9:31 am #

    What or how do I remove the dead flowers from my Strelitzia do I cut it or pull it out . I heard za story that they don’t flower easily again if you cut the stems. Please help?

  4. mol-d November 1, 2009 at 1:40 pm #

    Hi Anita,

    This site says:

    To clean the dead flowers, don’t cut them off. Hold the flower down near the base, then twist and pull to remove. This stimulates the plant to produce more flowers.

  5. Alexander Dowding April 12, 2012 at 12:30 am #

    The Strelitzia flower is the floral emblem of Los Angeles, USA.

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