Strelitziaceae Family:

Thomas and Tarlei Hitchcock’s Giant Bird of Paradise on 10-24-11, #83-23.

Strelitziaceae Hutch.

The plant family Strelitziaceae was named and described by John Hutchinson in The Families of Flowering Plants II in 1934.

There are only three genera in this family of flowering plants named after the genus Strelitzia (Bird of Paradise). The other two genera are Phenakospermum (1 species) and Ravenala ( 1 species). There are five species of Strelitzia.

When I was living in California for a few months, there was Bird of Paradise everywhere. I bought a couple of plants from Wellspring Gardens in the spring of 2012. I had also been housesitting plants for friends and one of their unknown plants turned out to be a good-sized Giant Bird of Paradise. I gave my plants to a friend when I moved from Mississippi back to the family farm in Missouri in 2013. You can click on the plant’s name under the photos (below) to go to their own pages. 

Someday when I have adequate conditions, I will buy more… Not only do they have neat flowers, but they are also nice-looking plants.

For more information about this family of plants, please click on the links below. The links take you directly to the information about the family.


Strelitzia nicolai (Giant Bird of Paradise) on 2-17-13, #139-64.

I bought this Strelitzia nicolai (Giant Bird of Paradise) from Wellspring Gardens in the spring of 2012 and it grew very fast. I regretted giving up this plant when I moved but I didn’t have adequate conditions for it. Well, I have up A LOT of plants…


Strelitzia reginae (Orange Bird-of-Paradise) on 2-17-13, #139-65.

The Strelitzia reginae (Orange Bird-of-Paradise) also came from Wellspring Gardens in 2012 but it didn’t do as well as the other one…


That’s all I have for this family of plants. When I have adequate conditions, like a sunroom, I will definitely buy more of these plants…


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