Strelitzia reginae is a tufted, evergreen, stemless perennial up to 1,5 m tall and 2 m in diameter. The roots are fleshy and finger-like. The leaves are opposite and arranged fan-like in one plane and the margins can sometimes be red-edged. The inflorescence stalk is 700 mm tall with 4-6 flowers that emerge in succession in a boat-shaped spathe ± 200 mm long, producing a mucilaginous substance when in bloom. The flowers have orange sepals and blue/purple petals.
Strelitzia reginae is one the most popular horticultural perennials around the world. It flowers for long periods and is an ideal pot plant and cut flower subject.