Strelitzia Reginae is one of several species in its genus named Bird of Paradise because the flowers fully resemble an ornate bird's head. As you can see in our photo, even the seeds are amazing. This is the orange-flowered one. You can see the plant in flower here http://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strelitzia
This perennial evergreen species is originally from Africa and will grow to be a full-sized bush (4-5 feet wide). These are great landscaping plants that bloom year-round. Bird of Paradise plants are hardy down to about 25 degrees F. They enjoy full sun and moderate watering. We also have live plants available.
Remove the orange tufts before planting. Soak the seeds for 24-48 hours prior to planting. Plant seeds at 1" depth using well draining acidic soil mixture with plenty of organic matter. Compost is ideal. Seeds can easily take 2 months to germinate. Keep warm, damp, and in bright light with high humidity. Keep mature plants in the shade for best looking foliage. Fertilize lightly with each watering for best results. These plants are best suited in zones 9-11. Avoid freezing. Plants can be reproduced by diving clumps. Plants usually bloom after about 4-7 years. They bloom best when the plant is rootbound.