Birds of Paradise
The bird of paradise’s unusual shape and brilliant colors has made this flower not just a designer’s favorite, but also a popular symbol of paradise.
The exotic Birds-of-Paradise arrived in Hawaii from another island: Madagascar, off the East coast of Africa. The unusual flower shape evolved as a perch for birds: the bird lands on the blue “tongue”, the weight of its feet causing the tongue to open up. The birds gets the nectar, the pollen clings to the bird’s feet to be transferred to the next flower. The bird of paradise’s unusual shape and brilliant colors has made this flower not just a designer’s favorite, but also a popular symbol of paradise.
Flowers are one-directional and must be balanced with other flowers for an even arrangement. Take care the stems do not bruise smaller flowers.
Flower head averages 4″- 7″ length.
|Dimensions||36 × 3 × 2 in|
Sheathed in paper to protect the delicate petals. Cushioned in dry newspaper shreds for shipping.
5 – 7 days
Year-round, may have shortages in winter.
|Ease of arrangement||
Medium: Heavy stems that require glass marbles, foliage or tying to stabilize them.
|How well do they ship?||
Medium: May become bruised during shipping, may lose petals.
Lots of foliage, medium to large stems of orchids, medium to large anthuriums, small to medium heliconias.
Medium: Cut stems frequently, keep out of heat and drafts, discard petals as they age.