This is the first Strelitzia Floral Design Studio Flower Fact Entry.
I'm starting with my favorite and my business name sake:
Names: Bird of Paradise, Strelitzia reginae, Crane flower
Colors: red, orange, yellow, blue to deep blue all in one bloom
Season: Available year-round
Meaning: Strelitzia flowers symbolize joyfulness, magnificence and exciting and wonderful anticipation. What a great flower to have at your wedding!
A native to South Africa, the Bird of Paradise plant was brought to Britain in 1773 by the director of the Kew Royal Gardens, Sir Joseph Banks. He named the flower Strelitzia in honor of George III’s wife, Queen Charlotte Sophia, who was also the Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Reginae means queen.
The Strelitzia was formerly classified as a relative of the banana due to the shape of the plant’s leaves.
The flower must be opened by hand when purchased as a cut flower.
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