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Giant Bird of Paradise flower
Strelitzia nicolai

Giant Bird of Paradise flower, Strelitzia nicolaiThe giant bird of paradise flower was a frequent weed in my garden, until the neighbors cut theirs down.  I let some grow for a couple of years, but they are just too big.









Giant Bird of Paradise flower, Strelitzia nicolaiHere is a closer look at flowers of the giant bird of paradise which are in better condition than the flowers in the picture above.  They are much larger, but not nearly so pretty as the smaller bird of paradise flowers.








Giant Bird of Paradise flower, Strelitzia nicolaiThis shows how the leaves coming off opposite sides of the stem form a flattened "trunk".  These leaves are 6-8 feet long.










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