Lynn added some Birds of Paradise plants to our front and back gardens a few years ago. They’ve done well – we often have multiple flowers open at the same time.
I featured a portion of one blossom in this post from the summer of 2017. It turns out that they bloom in the winter too! Here are some more photos, this time of the whole flower.
The Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae) is also known at the Crane Flower because it resembles the head and beak of a colorful exotic bird.
They’re indigenous to South Africa and enjoy full sun and warm temperatures like we have here in Central Florida.
In their natural habitat, they’re pollinated by Sunbirds, not insects. The weight of the bird standing on the flower releases pollen onto the bird’s chest or feet, which is deposited on the next flower it visits.
They make lovely additions to our Florida garden, and lovely photography subjects too. I made these images in the early morning before the light got harsh. Lynn held black or white material behind them for me. I like the one on black the best. How about you?
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