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Wednesday’s Flower: Bird of Paradise

bird of paradise

Exotic and bold, with a distinctive head on a long thin neck. To me, a clump (flock?) of birds of paradise plants are a sure sign of balmy climes. They quickly turn tatty and straggly, but in their prime these unusual flowers are head-turners. Their common name ‘bird of paradise’ apparently relates to the flowers’ resemblance to the bird of that name, but personally I don’t see it! Also known as strelitzia, the plants are native to South Africa where they are commonly referred to as crane flowers.

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4 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Flower: Bird of Paradise

  1. It is also known as the Crane flower and actually does look very much like a crowned crane. Not so much like the bird of paradise I agree. I have an old photo somewhere of a bird which resembles this flower. It is a beautiful flower and I love your photos.

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    • Thank you Jude. It’s nice to know that someone is looking at my flower blog. The poor thing is quite lonely.
      Actually, I did say in the text of the post that “the plants are native to South Africa where they are commonly referred to as crane flowers.” I thought you’d notice that. 😉 I shall Google ‘crowned crane’ and see what comes up.

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