Strelitzia juncea is a striking feature plant with upright cylindrical leaves without a leaf blade, growing from 1 to 2 m in height and producing large orange or yellow flowers borne on long, cylindrical scapes.
Slow growing but spectacular. It prefers a sunny spot in the garden but will also flower well in semi shade. Plant in rich loamy soil and feed, water and prune to shape regularly.
Strelitzia juncea is a rare species. According to Raimondo et al. (2009) its threat status is Vulnerable. This is due to quarrying, illegal collecting for the horticultural trade, and invasive alien plants.
In its natural habitat, Strelitzia juncea is pollinated mainly by sun birds and sugar birds. In areas where these pollinators do not exist, it is necessary to hand-pollinate the flowers, always cross-pollinating to ensure a good seed set.
For more information about the conservation and propagation of Strelitzia juncea please the PlantzAfrica.
Also see our Indigenous Landscaping page.