A Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia) flower stands in full bloom against a background of colorful Croton on the island of Kauai. Native to South Africa, Bird of Paradise flowers are found throughout Hawaii at the warmer elevations.
These hardy plants are great for arrangements, often lasting several weeks. The plant itself grows up to about six feet tall and the flowers sit on long stems peeking out above the leaves.
From the Photographer:
“…a Bird of Paradise photographed on Kauai last month!”