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White Bird of Paradise

(85 customer reviews)



Adored by interior design professionals for its dramatic, long, arching leaves, the Strelitzia nicolai can really make a tropical statement even if you’re socked in for a long winter.    Better yet, break it out on the porch or patio during the summertime and let the sun shine on it.  Regardless of the growing season, you’ll need a lot of sunlight to keep the White Bird of Paradise growing.  In the South, it’s grown outdoors and produces funky-looking inflorescence that look like a bird’s head, giving it its name; but it won’t bloom inside (it could, under extraordinary conditions), so you can enjoy this one for its leaves.  For an even more dramatic presentation, throw some light on it and let its silhouette do some work too.

The White Bird (what we call it in the ‘biz’) is available at about 3′ in a 10″ growpot and 4.5′ in a 14″ pot

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Check out this video to learn more about the White Bird of Paradise from our plant specialists.

Read below for more information on caring for your new plant.


The White Bird of Paradise is sure to bring out your tropical nature.  Here are some helpful hints to keep it growing:


With the high-light requirement, this plant is a moderately heavy drinker.  Thoroughly wet the soil with each watering and let it dry down to moist before watering again.  Sub-irrigation can be very helpful in reducing the frequency of watering.  Please see our watering guide for more details.


This bird of paradise needs lots of light, so plan on positioning it near an east-, south, or west-facing window and get some sun on its leaves.  You might be able to move it to low/medium light for special occasions, but if you want it to last you’ll need to park it a very bright spot.


Like other plants shipped fresh from Florida, you won’t need to feed this palm for at least 6 months after you get it.  That’s because there is residual nutrients in the soil from when the palm was being propagated.  After 6 months, it can be fed quarterly with a complete fertilizer formulated for interior plants.


With the White Bird, you get lots of plant with fewer leaves; so cleaning it is pretty easy.  Just use a damp cloth soaked in water and a light soap solution and wipe down the tops and undersides of the leaves.


Older leaves can turn brown (especially if you let it dry out) and you can just prune them off at the base of the stem.  Do the same if it’s actively growing and a few leaves decide to go where you don’t want them to.


This is another “mealy and mite” plant.  Watch for the little white cottony mealybugs at the base of the leaves, on the stems, and the undersides of the leaves by the leaf margin; mites will hide on the bottom side of the leaves and produce webs.  Be extra vigilant when scouting for mites, as they can do irreparable harm quickly often mistaken for dust on the underside of the leaves.  If you see either of these, break out the spray bottle with a light soap solution, spray and wipe them daily ’til they’re gone.


Keep an eye out for the bugs mentioned above, and you’ll enjoy bringing this tropical gem inside.

Additional information

Weight 30 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 10 × 64 in

3-3.5' (in 10" growpot), 4.5' (in 14" growpot)

85 reviews for White Bird of Paradise

  1. Brian A. (verified owner)

    We absolutely love our new white birds of paradise! It came very well packaged and arrived healthy. A shout out to Sue for helping us with all of our questions & concerns, she was so helpful! I can’t wait to purchase more plants from plantz!

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      Thank you! Glad you are enjoying your birthday gift! Hoping you let your hubby pick them out for you more often. He has really good taste:).

  2. DENISE WASHINGTON (verified owner)

    a handsome plant, came intact!

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      Great! Thanks for letting us know!

  3. Edith N. (verified owner)

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  6. Belinda L. (verified owner)

    Probably the best experience I have ever had ordering online. Excellent communication from Plantz throughout the entire process. Definitely would order from this company again.

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      Thanks for letting us know and if you need help in the future, please reach out to us!

  7. Mishan H. (verified owner)

    I am truly blown away with how beautiful and healthy my white bird is! Not only was the purchasing process easy but the customer service (shout out to Sue!) is unparalleled. They held my plant until the weather was suitable for shipping, which I REALLY appreciated. Just placed another order for two more plants and a couple of their sub-irrigation systems. I also really appreciate all of the resources that they provide on their website. The care and attention that goes into their plants and their customers is incredible. Highly, highly recommend!

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      Thanks Mishan! Compliments should go to my amazing team and their great packaging knowledge! More plants headed your way soon! It cannot stay cold for too long!

  8. DALE S. (verified owner)

    I thought it was be a little bigger, but other than that I love it!

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      We didn’t realize this was a gift to you from someone so when you inquired on SM, we sent a photo of the large one. So sorry but glad you’re happy with it!

  9. Christopher L. (verified owner)

    Beautiful plant, packaged very well. Arrived with all leaves and stems intact.

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      Great! We do worry about shipping during the holidays when everything is such a rush! Glad it made it safe and sound!
      Thanks – Sue

  10. Eymard Robby (verified owner)

    Very healthy and lush Bird of Paradise plant. Very accommodating staff and helpful team!

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      Thank you! Enjoy your new plant friend!

  11. Wilson A (verified owner)


    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      Thank you. This is also a high light plant so please be sure to put it in a bright window!

  12. Gema M. (verified owner)

    I have had my White Bird of Paradise for 2 weeks now, and so far so good. It is a stunning, dramatic plant, pictures do not do it justice. I truly hope it will stay happy and vibrant in my home. This (and the equally gorgeous Reflexa plant!) were my first online purchase of a live plant. I did do lots of research and was admittedly very hesitant to order online. I wish I had done it earlier! My new plants arrived within a few short days, impossibly, perfectly packed! I was shocked at the level of care in shipping and of the plants themselves. The written and video instructions were on point, from how to unpack them properly, how to “present” them on decorative planter, to caring for them, from A to Z. The help from Sue was unparalleled too. She e-mailed me a couple of times before and after receipt, to check in and make sure the plants were ok. This company truly cares about their plants, they grow and give them new homes with love.

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      Hi Gema – thanks for the very nice comments. Our team works very hard to ensure the plants are safe when at the hands of FedEx and do such a wonderful job. We all so happy to hear that your plants are thriving and that you’re happy with them. If you have questions going forward, please let us know!
      Thanks – Sue

  13. Jess Jolin (verified owner)

    AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!! Best plant hands down I have ever bought online….and I have A LOT. It is gorgeous, full, healthy and was shipped perfectly. Arrived fast and follow up customer service best I’ve EVER EXPERIENCED though any company. Sue is 😍😍😍😍. Thank you again! Looking forward to buying many more from you! THANK YOU AGAIN!

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      Thanks Jess! We have a great team packing these plants up so they arrive undamaged as we’re not quite sure what they go through with FedEx! I’m hunting for the specific species you’ve asked about and we’ll let you know when/if we find them!

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  19. Ashley Young (verified owner)

    Wonderful experience with all three plants I purchased. Sue is amazing!

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      Well thank you! I have a great team who handle the hard part and make me look good!

  20. Moones (verified owner)

    I received a very healthy Bird of Paradise and it was much bigger and more beautiful than I expected! Thank you so much!

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      We’re so glad you’re happy with it and yes, the plants are loving the heat and humidity so they’re growing fast!
      Thanks – Sue

  21. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Arrived very quickly and was packaged so well. The online instructions made it easy to safely unpack and water my plant. The plant is just beautiful.

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      Thank you!

  22. Brenda (verified owner)

  23. Gina Kapuscinski (verified owner)

    The plant is magnificent, terrifically healthy, arrived in excellent condition… I am a Very satisfied customer.
    Plantz customer service is fantastic.
    I definitely would recommend Plantz to anyone desiring to find a reliable and helpful plant source!

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      Thank you! I think Panthera is enjoying her new jungle too! Beautiful job setting up your new plants!

  24. Lashunda R. (verified owner)

    Beautiful!! Communication was truly ideal.— ordering the watering system to ensure this investment lasts!!!

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      Thanks for the nice comments! Happy to help if you need us!

  25. Gerhard (verified owner)

    Fantastic customer service, I received a fantastic healthy plant, couldn’t be any happier

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      Thank you so much! We’re here to help if you need us!

  26. Luke Rizzuto III (verified owner)

    holly cow, this thing is also an entire jungle in one pot, above and beyond

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      A majesty palm and a white bird……is their room left in the house for the humans? Thanks for letting us know you’re happy with your plants!

  27. Dina E. (verified owner)

    I love my Bird of Paradise plants!
    So beautiful! ❤️
    I have one in my bedroom & another in my family room.
    They require a lot of bright light & moist soil to keep them happy!

    I’m very satisfied with my purchases, they are the healthiest looking Bird Of Paradise Plants I’ve ever purchased. 👍

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      Thanks for letting us know! Enjoy!

  28. Keisha B. (verified owner)

    Loving my Bird of Paradise. I had purchased a white bird from my local nursery for the same price but half size. This one is growing a lot faster and more lush! Thank you!!

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      Thank you for letting us know. We do take pride in our products and will never send anything but the best!
      Thanks – Sue

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  30. Joseph Henderson (verified owner)

    My wife loved it! It was a birthday gift. Came on time and is perfect! Thank you!

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      That is great! So glad we could help!
      Thanks – Sue

  31. Ria (verified owner)

    I love the plant!!!

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      Great! Thanks for letting us know!!

  32. Crystal C. (verified owner)

    Plant is perfection. My experience with this company was amazing from start to finish. Quick and easy online checkout. Staff went above and beyond when I went to pick up my purchase. This company will be the only company I ever purchase plants from. Can’t wait for my next purchase.

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      So glad you’re happy with all your new plants!

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  34. Jenny L. (verified owner)

    My plant arrived in great shape and packaged carefully. We moved George to a spot next to a bright window and have been monitoring his water levels carefully. Hopefully he’ll be with us a long time!

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      George! Love it. Let us know if you need help with him!
      Thanks – Sue

  35. Phillip Arowosegbe (verified owner)

    Sue was extremely helpful in answering my questions around shipment timing. Thank you!

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      You’re very welcome and we’re here to help when you need us. Thanks again for your order!

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    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      Thank you!

  37. larry graham (verified owner)

    My plant was in great shape when it arrived and it’s simply amazing ! Will purchase plants through again.

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      Great news! Thanks for sharing! Let us know when you’re ready and we’re happy to help you select the perfect plant for your space

  38. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Excellent packaging. Plant arrived in great condition and is just beautiful!

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      We’re so happy to hear that you’re happy!
      Thanks- Sue

  39. Jeremy B. (verified owner)

    This plant is STUNNING and way larger than I expected! My only gripe is that FedEx did a terrible job handling it, and the 3 largest leaves at the top snapped in half which is really disappointing. That said, the rest of the plant is gorgeous.

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      Oh No! Can you please send me a photo? Although this doesn’t happen often, we do experience some damage during transit and I’d like to see how it looks and file a claim if necessary! I will send you an email directly to see how we can help.

  40. MICHAEL S. (verified owner)

    The plant was far larger and more beautiful than I ever would have thought. Very impressed and would recommend purchasing if a bird of paradise is on your wish list.

    Additionally, the customer service follow-up regarding plant care was wonderful.

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      So glad to hear you’re happy with it! While it might be chilly in other areas of the country, we stay warm in Florida and the plants continue to grow!

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  42. Erwin L. (verified owner)

    Great customer service! Their response time is quick, and Sue gives you details you need.

    I was surprised when I got my WBOP, it was fuller and taller than I was expecting. I know that when I have questions, I can just shoot them an email and I’ll get answers!

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      We appreciate the nice comments! Being in Florida, the plants tend to grow quickly and our specs aren’t always 100% accurate as the plants seem to grow overnight! We’re so glad you’re happy and if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me!
      Thanks – Sue

  43. Anonymous (verified owner)

    I am so happy with my new plant and it arrived in great condition. I’ll be buying from plantz again for sure!

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      This is great to hear and we look forward to hearing from you again soon!
      Thanks – Sue

  44. Jay S. (verified owner)

    Great follow ups

    I was worried about shipping from Fl to Oh but the WBOP arrived nice and safe.

    Sue has provided a ton of guidance and advice on how to best care for the WBOP!

    My girlfriend ordered a few plants as well.

    Great experience!

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      Thanks for sharing our information and thanks for that great photo!

  45. jeremy m. (verified owner)

    This plant arrived in excellent condition, and obvious care and attention was taken with the packaging.
    It included extra dirt to press down into the pot to make up for any that had been lost in transit.
    Just remember to have a glance at the unboxing video they attach to minimize damage and mess!!
    Super happy with this baby! 🌱

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      Thanks Jeremy! I do hope everyone watches the unboxing video as we’re not quite sure what the plants go through in transit and as well as the plants are packaged, it is always possible for some soil to escape!

      Thanks again – Sue

  46. Natalie Licini (verified owner)

  47. Monet Morris (verified owner)

    My plant was beautiful! I couldn’t believe how big and green it was! The video on how to unpackage was extremely helpful.

    • Sue Waltzer (verified owner)

      We’re so glad you’re happy with your new plant! Please let us know if you need any help getting it set up! We’d also love a photo if you’d like to share!
      Thanks – Sue

  48. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Awesome. Quality. Perfect. HEALTHY!

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  50. Glenna Sommer (verified owner)

    Leaves died from plastic netting which because of how tall plant needed higher box. 5 leaves dead. I do have pictures.

    • Sue Waltzer

      Hi Glenna – I’m very sorry! Could you please send me your photos? I had sent you some care instructions and didn’t hear back from you so we assumed things are ok. It is possible that it didn’t travel ‘this end up’ as we request and the leaves were damaged but the box should’ve been tall enough to accommodate the height of the plant. Let me look at your photos and see what we can do for you.
      Thanks – Sue

  51. Wilson A Lester Jr (verified owner)

    The plant had a lot of split leaves and yellow around the tips of the leaves. The plant looked jaundice and not super healthy.

    • Sue Waltzer

      Hi Wilson – The splitting of the leaves is very common and you will notice this as the new growth emerges. It will come from the center of the stalks and will look like a rolled up spear. As it grows and unrolls, it won’t all unroll at the same time which causes the splits. The yellowing is most likely due to the time in the box during transit and if you’ll put it in a bright sunny window, it will perk up. If you’d like to send me a photo, I’d be happy to take a look.
      Thanks – Sue

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  53. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Plant was packaged great and arrived safely

  54. AMY (verified owner)

    Love the plant!!! Love the customer service!! Will never buy from anywhere else again. Thanks guys!

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  57. Carolina (verified owner)

    The plant arrived in really great condition, and Sue went above and beyond in giving me information about how to care for the plant, keeping me updated on the status of my order, and responding to my questions. The experience was significantly better than any experience I’ve had at any nursery.

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  59. Sami Khader (verified owner)

    This plant came in an excellent condition, green and beautiful. The package it came in was packed with care. I am very excited about this bird to get acclimated and thrive.

  60. Monica L. (verified owner)

    The plants are doing well. Hopefully it will stay beautiful in our home.

  61. Elizabeth (verified owner)

    EXCELLENT customer service and a GORGEOUS plant! So worth the money, I’ll be buying from Plantz again!

  62. Xochitl S. (verified owner)

  63. Joy (verified owner)

    Love, Love, Love!!!!!

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  66. Mindy Isla (verified owner)

    Plantz was wonderful to work with. I love my plants and cannot wait for them to grow. I would always go back to them
    Mindy Isla

  67. William (verified owner)

    Out plant arrived in wonderful condition and has made the perfect addition to our home. Thank you, Plantz, for the exceptional care and service.

  68. Victoria Beckman (verified owner)

    Stunningly beautiful plant in perfect condition!!!

  69. Shannel (verified owner)

    Despite the beating it got while being shipped (no thanks to FedEx), Sue was with me every step of the way (still is) to make sure my plant gets acclimated in its new home. 1.5 weeks in and the plant has 3 new shoots! So happy with the service I have received, I just placed another order – this time the Fiddle Leaf Fig! Thanks, Sue!

  70. Anonymous (verified owner)

    It was taller than I imagined and in great shape. Very happy with this purchase and will definitely use you all again.

  71. Martha G. (verified owner)

    These plants are gorgeous. I got two of them and they are so pretty and full. Love the leaves and how tall they were. They are perfect.

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  73. Kizzy Kehoe (verified owner)

    I meant to post this a while ago but got derailed. Here is a copy and paste of the email I sent to Sue. I cannot express how happy with the product, transaction and communication I received. I’m so pleased I am going to purchase more.
    Kizzy Kehoe
    Fri, Apr 26, 1:24 PM (11 days ago)
    to Sue

    OMG Sue my Mom received the plant, and sent me a pic and it is intact! It is so beautiful even greener and bigger than I expected! I love it! She loves it! It’s my favorite plant and I love it so much I wanted her to have it so that every time she sees it she will think of my family and I that just moved from our home town in Texas to Florida and we miss her terribly. Thank you for exceeding my expectations!

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  76. Maurice Hebert (verified owner)

    The plant arrived better than I ever expected. Easy and thorough directions on care.

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  78. Kevin (verified owner)

    Great plant in good health, a little smaller than expected, but overall very satisfied.

  79. Julie Kemble (verified owner)

    Love my white bird of paradise. It arrived thriving and beautiful. I love getting plants from you.

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  83. Sabrina Dandridge (verified owner)

    Hello! I am a few months late to this review. I wanted to own my plant for a little while and see how it played out. So far, I really love the plant! It is beautiful! I would give it 5 stars–but I have lost 7/8 bottom leaves since receiving it (or they died) and not sure if that is normal. Also, the leaves are cracking and breaking a little (I have pictures to send and show) and also not sure if that is normal, either?! Would love to get these concerns answered if possible!

    • Steve S

      Hi Sabrina – Please send pictures to and our plant specialists will help you. Thanks – Steve

  84. Delermena L. (verified owner)

    Love my Bird of Pardise and I think it’s happy in my home. It’s sending out new leaves!!

  85. nancy (verified owner)

    Plant arrived fast, well packed, and it’s beautiful.

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