Thursday, July 23, 2009

Gray and White Blooms

There are lots of color combinations on plants, but one of the most unique must be the flowers of the Giant Bird of Paradise (strelitzia nicolai) plant. The blooms are blackish-gray and white with a blue "tongue". This tall cousin of the colorful BOP grows easily in our area, primarily for the tall leathery foliage that gets up to 30 feet. I think the tropical flowers are very dramatic, but they are high up and often overlooked. The only drawback to them is that they need a tree trimmer to do the deadheading!


keewee said...

I saw this plant on a garden show just a couple of days ago and was very impressed by the size of it.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sheila!

Thanks for the lovely comment on my Kenilworth photo posting.

I've never seen a bird of paradise flower in those colors. How very graphic!

Bangchik and Kakdah said...

A plant strikingly similar to that is called Pokok Kipas [or fan tree] over here in Malaysia. But without thorny edges seen at the stalk... Lovely bloom.

~ bangchik