Strelitzia is also known as the bird of paradise flower. That’s not entirely surprising, since in the hot regions where it grows the birds use the sepal as a perch, causing the flower to open. This flower performs well in eye-catching bouquets, but also likes to shine in a group of three or four in a vase in your home.
Colours and shape
The simple stem bearing a comb made up of elegant open orange sepals with two or three blue petals ensures that you’re unlikely to overlook this beauty. It’s a unique-looking flower: there’s nothing that resembles it!
The flower has various symbolic meanings. Strelitzia is seen as the flower of freedom, and also represents immortality. This special symbolism deserves a good story to go with it. So if you’re giving someone Strelitzia, include a card explaining why they deserve this flower.
Strelitzia originates from South Africa, and was transported to many countries in the 18th century. That’s also how it acquired its name: the wife of the English King George III, Charlotte of Meckelenburg-Strelitz, had a great love for flowers and plants, and so this remarkable flower was named after her.