How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Bird of paradise, Giant bird of paradise—Strelitzia spp.
Family Strelitziaceae (Bird of paradise family)

Plant Identification

Bird of paradise plants are evergreen perennials.  Leaves are long and leathery.  Flowers are fanlike and resemble the heads of tropical birds.  Flowers may be orange, blue, and white. 

Optimum conditions for growth

Bird of paradise are good container plants and often found along swimming pools.  They do well in full sun but require some shade in the hottest climates.  Water regularly and fertilize frequently when plants are young.  Protect from frost. 

Flower of bird of paradise
Fanlike flower of bird of paradise


Pests and disorders of Strelitzia spp.




Environmental disorders



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