Bird of Paradise cold hardy in 8b?
I have 2 types of Bird of Paradise: Strelitzia reginae (orange/blue bird?) and the White BOP (not sure Botanical name). Which of the 2 is more cold hardy? I've read a mixture. It's been getting into the 80's already here in North Florida and we had a mild winter. My White birds look like they are going to give new leafs but my Reginae hasn't shown me anything new yet. All the trunks seem strong.... but stems seem a bit mushy on the ends, more solid towards the trunk. They're sheilded from the winter wind.
Also are there any other Bird of Paradise that will do well in my zone? Maybe Heliconia?
Thanks for your help.