Strelitzia reginae Orange Bird of Paradise Quart Plant
Quart Plant from Strelitzia reginae, This plant grows to 15 feet. The 6 to 8 feet tall and the leaves are grey green and arranged in fans atop the trunks. Plants form clumps of several variably sized trunks. The inflorescence are composed of a dark blue bract, white sepals and bluish purple tongue. The entire bird can be as large as 4 inches high by 10 inches long. Flowers are followed by triangular seed capsules. Full sun to part shade. . Water when dry. Does not like saturated conditions. USDA Zones 9 to 11. Leaf damage occurs at temperatures below 28 F but plant will recover. The seeds need to be soaked for 24 hrs and then sown 1 deep and kept at 68 to 77 degrees with light. These can take anywhere from 8 weeks to 4 months to germinate.