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Strelitzia juncea

Leafless Bird of Paradise

Strelitzia juncea or Leafless Bird of Paradise is the strangest and most unique of the Strelitzia family. Once mature the plant no longer produces typical leaf structures, instead only producing pointed petioles that take on all the responsibility for photosynthesis. It grows in clumps that can be divided for propagation. This variety produces orange flowers multiple times per year, and when birds sit on the flower to drink nectar, the petals open up coat their feet in pollen. Cold hardy to 25°F and requiring little water, this species will thrive in full sun or partial shade.

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Strelitzia juncea

Leafless Bird of Paradise

Strelitzia juncea or Leafless Bird of Paradise is the strangest and most unique of the Strelitzia family. Once mature the plant no longer produces typical leaf structures, instead only producing pointed petioles that take on all the responsibility for photosynthesis. It grows in clumps that can be divided for propagation. This variety produces orange flowers multiple times per year, and when birds sit on the flower to drink nectar, the petals open up coat their feet in pollen. Cold hardy to 25°F and requiring little water, this species will thrive in full sun or partial shade.

Key Plant details

Cold Tolerance:

25°F

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Moderate

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Sun or shade

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Native origin:

South Africa

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What makes our plants so special? Our location on the cliffs of Santa Barbara receives over 280 days of sunshine a year and we utilize our indigenous soil, mixing it with a specialized amendment. Our plants are routinely watered, fertilized, and trimmed. We always aid our plants to proper health when needs arise, and we do so without the use of sprays.

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