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