Strelitzia reginae Aiton profile

Written by Maggie

Nov 13 2020

Strelitzia reginae Aiton profile

Strelitzia reginae Aiton is a perennial herb without stems. The leaves are oblong-lanceolate, 25-45cm long and 10cm wide. The tip of the leaf is sharply pointed; the petiole is slender. Several flowers are born on the total pedicel, with a buddha bud; buddha bud green, purple-red edge, orange-yellow sepals, dark blue petals; stamens and petals equal length; anthers narrow linear, style protruding. Flowering period is in winter.

Strelitzia reginae Aiton is native to southern Africa. It is cultivated in parks and flower gardens in large cities in southern China, and in greenhouses in the north. Strelitzia reginae Aiton is evergreen in all seasons, with large and beautiful leaves and peculiar flower shapes. It can be planted in the corner of the courtyard and used for garden landscaping and flower beds and flower borders.

Strelitzia reginae Aiton profile

Strelitzia reginae Aiton

Morphological characteristics of Strelitzia reginae Aiton

Perennial herb, without stem. Leaf blade oblong-lanceolate, 25-45 cm long and 10 cm wide, Sharp tip, round or wedge-shaped base, wavy lower edge; slender petiole.

Several flowers of Strelitzia reginae Aiton were born on a total pedicel approximately as long as or slightly shorter than the petiole, underneath a buddha bud; buddha bud, boat-shaped, 20 cm long, green, purple-red edges, sepals lanceolate, 7.5-10 cm long, orange-yellow, arrow-shaped petals with ear-shaped lobes at the base, nearly as long as sepals, dark blue; stamens as long as petals; anthers narrowly linear, style prominent, stigma 3.

Growth habit of Strelitzia reginae Aiton 

Strelitzia reginae Aiton is a subtropical long-day plant. It likes a warm, humid, sunny environment, fears severe cold, avoids extreme heat, drought, and waterlogging. Loose, fertile, sandy loam with a pH value of 6-7 with good drainage is required. The optimum temperature during the growth period is 20-28°C.

Distribution range of Strelitzia reginae Aiton

Native to southern Africa. It is cultivated in parks and flower gardens in large cities in southern China, and in greenhouses in the north.

Strelitzia reginae Aiton's mode of reproduction


The plants of Strelitzia reginae Aiton are pollinated by hummingbirds weighing only 2 grams, and are typical bird-like plants. Strelitzia reginae Aiton must be artificially assisted in pollination under the general cultivation conditions in China to form seeds. Plants with upright plant types, strong petioles, rounded and blunt leaf tips, and thick leaves should be selected for seed collection. Before sowing, select seeds that are large and plump, have smooth seed coats, are fresh, have no damage, and are free of pests and diseases. Soak the seeds in 30-40°C warm water for 4-5 days, and then disinfect with 5% Negeran 1000 times solution for 5 minutes. In addition, 500 times solution of 0.3% potassium permanganate or carbendazim WP can be used to soak Strelitzia reginae Aiton seeds for 2 hours, and then soak them in 30-40℃ warm water for 3-4 days. Change the water once a day to facilitate germination. You can also use fine sandpaper to lightly rub the seed skin to accelerate its water absorption and germination, but care should be taken to avoid wiping off the internal white nutrients. The sowing time of Strelitzia reginae Aiton is from May to July. Use on-demand, cover 1-1.5 cm of soil, cover with plastic film after watering, keep warm and keep moisture. The suitable temperature for germination is 25-30℃, and it can germinate 15-20 days after sowing, and unearthed one after another. Increase light after emergence. After the true leaves are grown, the main roots begin to grow downward, which is the best time for transplantation. Transplant the seedlings with soil to prevent root damage. After transplanting, the seedlings should not be exposed to strong light and need to be shaded. When 2 true leaves grow, lightly apply thin fertilizer. Seedlings are planted in pots when they are about 15 cm high. The suitable temperature for the growth of seedlings is 15-25℃, and the room temperature in winter is kept above 8℃. When the seedlings are cultivated for 4-5 years and have 9-10 leaves, they can bloom normally.

Strelitzia reginae Aiton


In early spring, it will be carried out in combination with pot replacement and soil replacement in February and February. Pour out the Strelitzia reginae Aiton plant from the flowerpot, gently remove the old soil around the mound, do not break the fleshy roots, dry it in the shade for 1-2 days, wait for the roots to soften, and then use a sharp knife to remove the roots Cut the tillering seedlings with roots in the gaps to make the clumps with 2-3 buds, each with 2-3 fleshy roots. Apply plant ash on the cuts to dry them to form a protective layer, and then Replant in wooden barrels, ceramic tanks or deep white plastic pots. The ramet seedlings with 8-10 leaves can bloom in the winter of the year or the spring of the second year.

Tissue culture

Tissue culture is a fast and effective method to reproduce Strelitzia reginae Aiton. China began tissue culture of Strelitzia reginae Aiton in the 1990s. The operation process is: sterilization, inoculation, callus induction, tissue seedling transplantation to obtain seedlings. Medium formula: induced callus and shoot culture MS+BA2.0 mg/liter+ZT1.0 mg/liter+IBA0.1 mg/liter+sucrose 3%; strong bud medium MS; rooting medium1/ 2MS+IBA0.5mg/liter+NAA0.5mg/liter+sucrose 2%; strong root medium 1/2MS; environmental control pH5.8, daytime temperature 22℃, night temperature 18-20℃, 12 hours per day 2000 Liter X fluorescent lamp. In 15-20 days, the seedlings begin to grow new leaves.

Strelitzia reginae Aiton’s main value

Strelitzia reginae Aiton is evergreen all year round, with unique plants, with a sense of clarity and elegance.

The flowering period of Strelitzia reginae Aiton can reach about 100 days. Each flower can bloom for 13-15 days. One flower fades and the other one blooms one after another. Cut the vase and put it in a vase for 15-20 days. Natural flower arrangements are often used for flower arrangements. Two strelitzias are matched high and low. Under the background of other flowers and leaves, they are nestled together, like a couple in love talking to each other. Heart-to-heart, it is a good product for indoor viewing. In southern China, such as Fujian, Guangdong, Hainan, Guangxi, Hong Kong and Macau, Strelitzia reginae Aiton can be planted in the corners of courtyards and used for garden landscaping and flower beds and flower borders.

Strelitzia reginae Aiton

Strelitzia reginae Aiton's plant culture

Flower language

1. No matter when and where, never forget the one you love is waiting for you

2. Birds that can fly to heaven can bring all kinds of emotions and loves to heaven

City flower

Strelitzia reginae Aiton is the city flower of Los Angeles, USA.