Tuesday, February 18, 2014

South African Crane Flower

Officially this plant is called, Strelitzia. In its homeland it is also called crane flower but I prefer the US common name: Bird of Paradise

A native plant in South Africa, the long stemmed flowering plant that typically grows from two to three feet in height and thrives in the warmer climates of the United States. 

The Bird of Paradise always manages to make me smile. This photo was taken last week at the public garden.  

For more information about plants from South Africa 


Sharon Himsl said...

Hmm...it really does look like a bird. Just noticed your Zelda post. There was a wonderful book written in the 1960s about her, titled 'Zelda'. Wish I could remember the author. Her sad story stayed with me for the longest time. Did you read?

Kate OMara said...

Yes, she had a sad life as do many writers.

Joanne said...

I agree that this flower is so unique that it does make you smile to see them. We stayed at a resort in Florida, and they brightened our visit every morning.