birds of paradise

nyssaman(Z6 ON)June 27, 2007

I'm wondering what seed store carries the most varieties of bird of paradise - the most I've come across is four types white, yellow, orange and some other one I cannot Does anyone know how many types there are - I've gone bird crazy....If anyone has some extra orange (reginae) seeds - I may have something of interest in trade( stratified papaw seeds and white fringe tree seeds)


Jeff aka nyssaman

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
funsocaltiger(SoCal - 9b / 19)


Unless I am mistaken, there are only two "main" BOP plants within the Strelitzia genus. This would be Giant or White (GBOP/WBOP/GWBOP) and Orange (OBOP or just BOP). There is some technical variation... for intance: there are two major species of Giant White BOPs (Strelitzia Nicolia and Strelitzia Alba) but they look more or less the same to the average person. I believe the only real difference is the blooming time. So really, unless you want to get into minutia there is only so far you can go if you've gone bird crazy. ;)

Then there is also the genus Caesalpinia which is also referred to as BOPs and sometimes called the Mexican BOP which would include orange and yellow varieties as well as some others. I personally consider the use of BOP here as a misnomer as BOPs have always referred to Strelitzia to me but that is JMO.

A few other things to take note of:

1) While Strelitzia is often referred to as having "banana-like" leaves, they are not bananas. They are neither in the genus Musa or Ensete or even in the family Musaceae for that matter.

2) If you are heavily interested in Strelitzias you may also want to take a look at Bananas (Musa and Ensete) as well as the Traveller's Palm (Ravenala madagascariensis) which is about as close to a BOP as you can get outside of Strelitzia. Personally, my interests in BOPs bridged to TPs and finallly to Musa and then Ensetes so you may want to take a look at all of those if BOPs interest you.


    Bookmark   June 27, 2007 at 4:59PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Thinking about buying a dwarf edible banana tree.
Hello everyone. I'm thinking about purchasing a dwarf...
Does anyone actually have a tree that produces 'fruit' up north?
I was wondering if there is such a thing as growing...
When can I ID?
I acquired four banana pups last fall when a local...
Michael AKA Leekle2ManE - Zone 9a - Lady Lake, F
Banana Palm uprooted in winds!
How can I save it???
Looking for banana variety that can compete with apple bananas
I am looking for a couple of different cultivars to...
Sponsored Products
Cat n Around Bird n Ball Catnip Toy Duo - 01158
$14.99 | Hayneedle
Wrension Bird House - White with Red Cedar Shingle Roof
Signature Hardware
Grillin' Pro 4001-Grill Cover - 4055
$38.85 | Hayneedle
Dogit Hooded Sweater Coat - Red - 91151
$21.99 | Hayneedle
Paradise Cocoa 48 to 86-Inch Decorative Traverse Rod with Sliders Paradise Finia
$61.95 | Bellacor
Tan Bird on Chevron Rug
$189.99 | zulily
Birds-On-A-Pick Garden Stakes - Set of Three
$6.99 | zulily
6" Oak Leaf Tube Bird Feeder
Signature Hardware
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™