Strelitzia Nicolai

Latin name

Strelitzia Nicolai


(strell-IT-zee-ah NI-kuh-lai)

Common name

White Bird of Paradice


Southern Africa

How easy is it care for?

The Strelitzia Nicolai is commonly known as the wild banana or giant white bird of paradise. It’s a species of banana-like plants – in optimal conditions it can grow up to 7-8m high. Individual leaves can be nearly 2m long from stem to base or leaf tip. This plant can prove challenging to grow indoors – but the reward is worth the effort. This is a large and striking plant.

Caring for your plant


This plant thrives in the sun. Bright, full light is recommended.


Soil should be moist, particularly in the warm months. Water whenever the top two inches of soil are dry.


Dead leaves and spent blooms should be cut off with a sharp knife or secateurs. Otherwise, no pruning is necessary.


A liquid plant food can be applied every four to six weeks.

Pest & Diseases

Prone to attack by mealybugs and other sap-sucking insects.

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