Strelitzia Nicolai ‘White Bird of Paradise’


Scientific Name: Strelitzia Nicolai

Common Name(s): White Bird of Paradise

Description: Strelitzia Nicolai, also known as the giant White Bird of Paradise or wild banana, is a species of banana-like plant with erect woody stems that can reach a height of 6 m and clumps that can spread up to 3.5 m.


Strelitzia Nicolai, commonly known as White Bird of Paradise, is a large plant with large flat deep green oval leaves similar to banana trees. It is native to South Africa but was grown in Florida and is now ready for its new home.

The White Bird of Paradise can grow 7-8 feet tall, so it will add a beautiful full, green look to your home. Here are some care instructions and tips that will be useful as it gets acclimated to its new home and grows with you for many years to come.

Strelitzia Nicolai is a stunning addition to any home or office. This plant’s personality is wild, tropical, grand, and architectural—so make sure you have plenty of space for it! You can also place it on terraces, or balconies as this plant is resistant to the wind.

You can place your Strelitzia Nicolai in living rooms, hallways, bedrooms, offices, conference rooms, or anywhere with plenty of light. If you place your plant against walls such as room corners rotate its container so all of the foliage gets even light.

Plant Care

  • Water / Humidity: Strelitzia Nicolai like a bit of humidity; mist more than you water (which also helps keep the leaves free of dust). Root rot is a typical killer for this plant, so it’s really important to not over-water, and ideally use distilled water to avoid salt build-up in its soil. Moist soil = a happy Strelitzia Nicolai, with slight dry-out between waterings.

  • Light: Strelitzia Nicolai tolerates a wide variety of indoor light conditions, from direct sun to low light. They cannot tolerate draughts, so keep them in a warm spot.

  • Soil / Nutrients: Strelitzia Nicolai prefers moist, well-draining soil. During Spring-Summer, fertilize once monthly and do not fertilize over the winter, as the plant goes into its dormant state.

  • Common Pests: Most common ailment is root rot (remember: mist more than water!). Fungus disease, scale, and aphids sometimes occur, typically in relation to poor watering.

  • Temperature: Indoor temperatures above 15°C are best for this plant.


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Additional information


4", 6", 10"

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