Exploring Birds of Paradise Plants: Origin, Care, and Beauty

Birds of paradise, also known as crane flowers or bird of heaven, are a genus of exotic flowering plants native to tropical and subtropical regions in Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia and the Philippines. These spectacularly vibrant plants feature large showy petals and bright colors that make them look like birds in flight. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors and are sure to make an eye-catching addition to any garden. Birds of paradise plants require warm temperatures and plenty of sunlight in order to thrive. As such, they are typically grown outdoors in USDA hardiness zones 9 through 11. When planting birds of paradise, it is important to keep their roots moist but not wet and to give them plenty of room to spread out their roots. With proper care, these plants can reach up to eight feet tall and can remain in bloom for months at a time. While they may require more effort than many other types of flowers, the bright colors and unique shape make it well worth it!