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Giant Bird of Paradise

Strelitzia nicolai

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  • Pet Warning:Toxic To Ingest

  • Care Level:I'm Easy

  • Approximate Size: 10" to 16" W 28" to 38" H

Commonly known as the Giant White Bird of Paradise, the Strelitzia Nicolai is a flowering plant that is native to South Africa. They are similar to the Orange Bird of Paradise but can grow to be much, much taller.

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Bird of Paradise Care Guide & Presentation

Giant Bird of Paradise

Giant Bird of Paradise Overview

The Giant Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai) is a spectacular plant with broad, glossy leaves and an unusual white and blue flower that resembles a bird. It belongs to the Strelitziaceae family, a distant relative of banana plants. The plant is native to South Africa but has been successfully naturalized in parts of Mexico. It can grow outdoors in hardiness zones 10-12. As its name suggests, it can grow very large, reaching up to 30 ft. in height in the wild. 

Although its lifespan depends mainly on its growing conditions, Strelitzia nicolai is a plant known for its remarkable longevity, up to 50 or more years. The Bird of Paradise plant is very sun-loving and can tolerate several hours of direct sunlight daily. This fantastic tropical plant is very low-maintenance and is a good fit for people new to gardening. However, if ingested, it’s toxic to pets, so make sure that you keep your Bird of Paradise plant out of your pet’s reach.

The Bird of Paradise has a powerful association with exotic, distant lands. It symbolizes joy, excitement, and freedom and is believed to bring good luck and prosperity in Feng Shui. As a gift plant, it symbolizes faithfulness in love and is a popular choice for the ninth wedding anniversary.  

Other plants from the Strelitzia family are the Narrow-Leaved Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia juncea), an endangered variety, and the stunning bloomer Orange Flower Bird of Paradise plant (Strelitzia reginea).

Bird of Paradise Plant Benefits

  • Removes harmful toxins, purifies the air, and thus relieves allergies
  • Drought-tolerant plant that helps you conserve water
  • Attracts wildlife, like birds and butterflies, to your garden
  • Easy-care houseplant with beautiful blossoms and aesthetic appeal

Strelitzia Nicolai Giant Bird of Paradise: Alternative Names

  • Bird of Paradise
  • White Bird of Paradise
  • Wild Banana
  • White Crane Flower
  • Strelitzia augusta

Giant Bird of Paradise Plant Care Guide

The Strelitzia Nicolai Giant Bird of Paradise is an absolute stunner with its striking, bird-like flowers and dramatic leaves. Nonetheless, it’s easy to grow both indoors and outdoors if you know the following Strelitzia nicolai care tips:

Watering and Humidity

The Bird of Paradise plant is drought-tolerant. Water your new plant well and let the soil dry before watering again. The White Bird of Paradise thrives in moderate humidity levels of 30-50%, but it can tolerate higher levels of moisture in the air.

Light and Temperature

For the best Bird of Paradise plant care, as an indoor plant, place your Strelitzia nicolai, where it would receive several hours of bright direct light. If you want to grow your Bird of Paradise as a patio plant, ensure it’s in the shade. Keeping it out of direct sun rays (preferably only catching the morning sun) will prevent leaf burn. Strelitzias grow best at 65° F - 80°F.

Soil, Rpotting, Propagation, and Fertilizing

This large tropical plant prefers well-draining soil that you can mix with some perlite for best results. Feeding this flowering plant with a balanced fertilizer twice a month is essential to encourage abundant blooms. Repot your Bird of Paradise plant in a year or two when it outgrows its pot. You can propagate your plant by dividing the rhizomes when repotting. 

Pruning, Cleaning, and Common Issues

Spring is the best time to prune a sizeable indoor Bird of Paradise. Remove dead leaves and flowers to keep the plant compact and lush. Clean the leaves under a shower to eliminate dust. Check your Bird of Paradise plant regularly for insect pests, like aphids and mealybugs. Other common problems with this plant include bacterial wilt and leaf spot.

Giant Bird of Paradise: Placement, Companion & Alternative Plants

With its striking deep green foliage, a large Bird of Paradise plant can be a beautiful statement all on its own. But by combining it with other plants, you can create a stunning jungle corner with exotic vibes.

Best Locations & Uses

  • Ideal for sunny locations, as it can tolerate bright sunlight
  • Suitable for beginners because it requires minimal care 
  • Great drought-tolerant tropical plant for patios or balconies in warm climate zones
  •  Requires little maintenance, making it a wonderful office plant in the right conditions
  • Attracts pollinators, making it an excellent choice for people who support local biodiversity

Companion Plants

When choosing a Giant Bird of Paradise for sale, combine it with other sun-loving plants to create your very own green oasis:

  • Aralia Fabian (Polyscias scutellaria): Low-maintenance and sun-loving, the tropical Aralia Fabian is an attractive upright plant that sports small, round green leaves with a maroon underside.  
  • Pygmy Date Palm Tree (Phoenix roebelenii): This excellent indoor plant has slender and airy fronds, which will complement the Giant Bird of Paradise’s broad leaves nicely.  
  • Sansevieria Zeylanica Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata Zeylanica): Resilient and easy to care for, the Zeylanica Snake Plant's beautifully patterned, vertical leaves will add interest to your interior.

Alternative Plants

While the Bird of Paradise is a fantastic house plant, it is toxic to cats and dogs, so pet owners may want to consider these pet-friendly alternatives

  • Dwarf Cavendish Banana Tree (Musa acuminata): The lush leaves of the Dwarf Cavendish Banana Tree resemble those of the Giant Bird of Paradise, to which this beautiful, non-toxic tropical plant is distantly related.
  • Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens): One of the best indoor palm trees, the Areca Palm is pet-friendly and easy to grow. It adds a vibrant jungle note to any interior.
  • Tropical Delight Guzmania Bromeliad (Guzmania bromeliad): The pet-safe and remarkably colorful Tropical Delight Guzmania will brighten any corner with its long-lasting inflorescence set in the center of its gently curving leaves.  

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Customer Reviews

Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
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    Nate & Rita B.
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    I recommend this product
    What is your plant experience? Intermediate
    Where is your new plant living? Living Room
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    3 months ago
    Just wonderful!

    I thought I knew how cool this plant would be, but boy was I wrong! Just wonderfully shipped as usual and stunning. Thanks again, Lively Root!

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    Dewayne T.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 year ago
    Bird of paradise

    I love my bird of paradise. It’s small than I expected but it was really packed really good with the heat pad was nice and warm. I also love there is new leaves unfurling and the quality is amazing. The main thing was the dirt it came with was poor and have to replace it with my soil. But thanks lively root.

  • CT
    Chimai T.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 year ago

    For a delivery of a live plant was great. The leaves did get damaged a bit but overall was happy with my purchase. It has already bloomed a new leaf and is thriving.

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    Esmeralda T.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 year ago
    FABULOUS product and service.

    Thank you so much for a gorgeous Giant Bird of Paradise. It arrived in perfect condition, WELL packed to avoid movement. The soil was still hydrated to the point that the incredible heat of the days in transit did not impact the plant one bit.

    My big girl has join the medium and small that I have on my deck and is doing very well in a shaded area enjoying the warmth and humidity.

    Excellent product and care.

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    Terese P.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    3 years ago
    Beautiful plant

    My Bird of Paradise arrived in good condition. I water it and put in on the balcony in the sun. I can’t wait to watch it grow and bloom!

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