It’s prime time for the striking bird of paradise blooms

It’s wintertime in La Jolla, and that means that the birds of paradise are blooming. These beautiful flowers and trees are native to South Africa and are related to the banana plant.

As evergreens, they don’t lose their leaves so they make an attractive addition for an easy-to-maintain garden.

Bird of paradise plants (

Strelitzia reginae

), with their bright blue and orange flowers are much showier than the trees (Strelitzia nicolai) that have cryptic blue and white flowers high up in the tree. One of these plants may take five years to bloom if planted from a seed, but the bird of paradise may also be propagated by dividing up a mature clump of plants.

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