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Strelitzia juncea

Commonly known as Crane Flower, Rush leaved Strelitzia

  • It grows to a height of 1-2m, with long, upright, rigid, needle-like leaves, forming clumps which are attractive in their own right.
  • This is one of the most striking ornamental plants in South Africa.
  • The flowers are a dramatic blue/purple and orange and have a distinctive shape resembling the head of a bird- hence the name 'Crane flower'.
  • ¬†Although the leaves are very different, the flowers are very similar to the Strelitzia reginae.
  • Flowers appear from end of autumn through to mid spring.
  • They are slow growers, but once established are long-lived.
  • They require full sun to flower well, can survive with little water and can tolerate light frosts.
  • They are spectacular as cut flowers and last well.