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The Bird of Paradise rhizome grows into a beautifully colored flowering plant with very large one to two foot long blooms of white flowers, (Strelitzia nicolai) The other cultivar and the most popular Bird of Paradise flower contains a mixture of brilliant color mixtures of red, yellow, orange, and etc., (Strelitzia reginae). The Bird of Paradise plant can be grown out-of-doors in the deep South, zones 9 and 10 or grown as a containerized plant in Northern States. When grown out-of-doors, the Bird of Paradise sometimes grows into a huge tree with large banana-like leaves. The flowers are pointed like a tropical bird's head -with a brilliant mixture of bazaar colors. Florists like to use the bird of paradise blooms as cut flowers in floral arrangements that require huge, oversize container placements, as in entrances to hotel lobbies that appear fresh for extended periods are long lasting.