COLOURS AND SHAPES
There are various species of Strelizia, but you can recognise them all by the upright stems with sturdy leaves. The narrow elongated leaves appear to have a grey waxy coating. The remarkable flowers are also characteristic of this plant. It looks as if brightly coloured birds or butterflies with orange and purple wings have landed on your houseplant.
Strelitzia is seen as a symbol of freedom, and also represents immortality. This special symbolism deserves a good story to with go it, so if you’re giving someone a Strelitzia, include a card explaining why they deserve it.
Strelitzia originates from South Africa, and is a member of the Musaceae family. We in Europe have been able to enjoy Strelitzia as a houseplant since the 18th century. The plant is named after the wife of the English King George III, who was called Charlotte van Mecklenburg-Strelitz. She had a great passion for flowers and plants.