The Bird of Paradise was sent to Britain's Kew garden in 1773. The beauty of the flower with its strong resemblance to a bird gave it its common name. It was named Strelitzia reginae in honour of Queen Charlotte,a lover of plants, whose maiden name was Strelitz.
The plant takes up a lot of room, and I can't move it from its position in my garden. I have not been successful in dividing the plant either. So the clump of strelitzia is becoming bigger day by day and obscuring other plants. But the plant puts out dozens of beautiful flowers which are long lasting.