Strelitzia reginae, also known as crane flower, is native to South Africa and derives its name from the unusual flowers, which resemble brightly colored birds in flight. The plant needs warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine to produce the characteristic blooms.
They are hardy in calid zones, but cooler regions can use them in containers outdoors in summer and move them inside as cooler temps arrive.
Bird of paradise care is not difficult, but the plants do need certain cultural conditions. Strelitzia bird of paradise needs rich soil that is well draining. It blooms most profusely when in full sun, but indoor plants should be slightly away from southern windows to avoid burning. Also, plants grown outdoors in desert climates should be planted in a partial shade situation.