This quintessential exotic beauty is known for its flowers that resemble the head of a crested bird or a bird in flight. The orange bird of paradise makes a perfect specimen plant for any garden large or small since it only gets about 5ft wide and about 5ft tall and does not grow out of control. These plants grow in clumps with flowering scapes appearing interspersed within the cluster of leaves. The banana-shaped leaves are a greenish-gray and serve as a perfect contrast to the bright orange and blue petals of the dramatic flowers. This elegant plant will add pizzaz to the landscape, transforming it into a tropical oasis. Use the cut flowers inside the home to bring an exotic touch to flower arrangements.
This plant loves plenty of sun but can also tolerate some shade. Plant in an area that has good drainage. Water daily when planted in the landscape until the plant is established. If planted in containers, water consistently when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Enrich the soil by adding manure and other rich organic material; these plants are heavy feeders, so make sure they are feed consistently from spring through fall.
Note: These plants are grown for decorative purposes and are not intended for human or animal consumption
Outstanding Features: Exotic flowers, green-gray foliage, makes an excellent specimen plant
Orange Bird of Paradise
Orange and blue
Water until established and then as needed
9 and above
Well-balanced fertilizer throughout the growing season
Full sun, can tolerate some dappled shade
5 feet tall and about as wide
In zones 8 and lower, use as a container plant or as an annual in the landscape
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