White Bird of ParadiseStrelitzia nicolai
£9.50 – £11.00
|Suitable for Bonsai
Also known as The Natal Wild Banana, a species of banana-like plants that grow in the tropics. It is native to Southern Africa. Despite its name, it isn’t a true banana plant and doesn’t actually produce bananas.
It can grow to a height of 6 metres (20 feet) and has a light to dark grey woody stem.
The flowers have white petals and a purple-black “beak”; they look like the head of a bird, with a long beak and white crest.
The leaves are large, up to 2 metres (6 feet) in length. They tear easily in high winds, so the plant needs a sheltered spot to grow.
The seeds are black balls with an orange tuft of hair.
It is impossible to prune the Natal Wild Banana without killing it, so you need to have room for it to grow. Its flowers make it an unusual specimen for your greenhouse or conservatory.
- The Natal Wild Banana contains the pigment bilirubin, which is usually found in animals
- Strelizia nicolai is named after the Russian Tsar Nicholas I
- Do not prune this plant