Strelitzia nicolai, commonly known as the giant white bird of paradise or wild banana, is a species of banana-like plants with erect woody stems reaching a height of 6 m, and the clumps formed can spread as far as 3.5 m
Adored by interior design professionals for its dramatic, long, arching leaves, the Strelitzia nicolai can really make a tropical statement even if you’re socked in for a long winter. Better yet, break it out on the porch or patio during the summertime and let the sun shine on it. Regardless of the growing season, you’ll need a lot of sunlight to keep the White Bird of Paradise growing. In the South, it’s grown outdoors and produces funky-looking inflorescence that look like a bird’s head, giving it its name; but it won’t bloom inside (it could, under extraordinary conditions), so you can enjoy this one for its leaves. For an even more dramatic presentation, throw some light on it and let its silhouette do some work too.