Strelitza Nicolai "Birds of Paradise"
Strelitzia nicolai, also known as giant white bird of paradise or wild banana, is a plant species native to South Africa. It is a member of the Strelitziaceae family and is closely related to the more commonly known bird of paradise plant (Strelitzia reginae). Strelitzia nicolai is a tall, tree-like plant that can grow up to 30 feet tall in its native habitat, although it typically reaches about 6 to 8 feet in height indoors. The plant has large, paddle-shaped leaves that are a glossy, deep green color and can measure up to 10 feet in length in the wild. The flowers are similar in appearance to those of Strelitzia reginae, consisting of orange and blue petals with a bird-like appearance, but are larger in size. Strelitzia nicolai is a popular ornamental plant due to its impressive size and unique foliage. It is commonly used as a statement plant in interior and exterior landscaping.