Bloom of the week: Bird of Paradise

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THE BIRD of Paradise is one of the most colourful flowers in the world. The name Bird of Paradise comes from its spectacular flower shape which resembles a bird’s beak and head plumage.

The Birds of Paradise flowers make the plant an exceptionally attractive landscape plant. The foliage resembles small banana leaves with long petioles.

The leaves on the Birds of Paradise plant are arranged strictly in two ranks to form a fan-like crown of evergreen foliage, thick, waxy, and glossy green, making it a very attractive ornamental plant.

Each Birds of Paradise flower is made up of three upright orange sepals and three highly modified vivid blue petals.

Two of the petals are joined together in a structure resembling an arrowhead with the third petal forming a nectary at the base of the flower.

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