Is the Bird of Paradise a Native California Plant?

The Strelitzia reginae, more commonly known as the bird of paradise, is native to South Africa. This tropical perennial plant was introduced to Europe in 1773 when it was in a shipment of horticultural specimens from Africa to the king's garden. King George named the plant Strelitzia reginae, after his wife.

Keywords: Strelitzia reginae, bird of paradise, Strelitzia reginae Africa

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Living in Southern California, Shayne Ochoa has been writing professionally since 2005. Her articles have included topics on education, child development and gardening. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies from California Baptist University in Riverside.