|Another day in paradise!|
Both plants are called the bird of paradise - confusing - well yes - common names often are - hence the reason for us snobby horticulturalists insisting on spouting Latin and using botanic names. For most of you, bird of paradise will conjure up a picture of Strelitzia regina with its striking architectural foliage and vivid orange spiky flowers. This native of South Africa makes a wonderful plant when it has space and warmth. Our own potted plant has as many as 30 spikes on some winters. Last summer I saw small plants sold in the UK, complete with a plastic flowers spike. Now whilst time, patience and good culture could turn this into a flowering specimen, I do feel such selling tactics are close to fraud!
|The 'leafless' Strelitzea juncea - like a chunky grass|
|Strelitzea nicolae - never seems to make a tidy plant|
|Close up the flowers are quite beautiful - bees and humming birds love them!|
|Caesalpinea gilliesii- less familiar but just as attractive|