The Strelitzia nicolai, also known as the White Bird of Paradise, originally comes from South Africa. It's a plant species from the Strelitziaceae family. The plant is named after the Russian Tsar Nicholas I.
It's a tall plant with leather-like, glossy leaves. The leaves are dark green, lance-shaped and can grow up to two metres long. The plant produces striking flowers with white and blue hues, which resemble the head of a bird of paradise, hence the name. The flowers typically bloom in late winter or early spring.
The Strelitzia nicolai needs a lot of light, but can't handle direct sunlight. The plant requires a lot of water, especially during the growing season, but it's also important to ensure good drainage capabilities to prevent waterlogging. This plant prefers nutrient-rich soil and can benefit from regular fertilizer application in the growing season. The Strelitzia nicolai can be placed outdoors in the summer, but needs protection against frost in the winter.