Bird of Paradise: May's Plant of the Month

Bird of Paradise: May's Plant of the Month

May 13, 2022

Savannah Moss

For May’s Plant of the Month, we chose the Bird of Paradise, also known as the Strelitzia reginae. Some confuse this spectacular plant for a banana plant, which makes sense as the two are closely related. The nickname of the plant originates from the gorgeous flowers it can produce when it sits outside.

How do I care for my Bird of Paradise? 

This tropical plant adores bright and indirect light, although it can survive in low indirect light. In the summer, water the plant every 1-2 weeks, but reduce the amount of water it receives in the cooler months. This plant is very beginner-friendly and easy to take care of and enjoys humid temperatures. If you’d like to really spoil the plant, you can mist it with water.

Bird of Paradise

Did you know?

Some call this plant royalty, which is even in its scientific name “reginae” which means queen. The name Strelitzia reginae references Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Queen and the wife of King George III. The queen was an amateur botanist and even assisted in the expansion of Kew Gardens, a botanical garden that has the "largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections” in the world.

Where can I get mine?

To get your very own Bird of Paradise, click here.