9 responses to “Strelitzia nicolai”

  1. David

    these are common in Santa Barbara, Calif area, often in courtyards, sheltered, they are often 20 ft tall or more and exude very sticky drool from the flowers…not pleasant by the pool

  2. Eric in SF

    Great closeup – really shows how white these flowers are.
    I echo the comment about Santa Barbara. I was in Ventura, about 20 minutes away, over the summer, and every parking lot I encountered seemed to have a monster of this species growing in it.
    Here is one example. I am shooting up at an inflorescence a good 2 feet above my head and I’m 5’10”.

  3. elizabeth a airhart

    handsome just handsome
    eric has a fine photo
    thank you david just one of the best
    on this web page –what do you all
    plan to do after the end of december
    i hope some kind of archive will be there

  4. Roberta

    Very striking photos. Would look great as a watercolour painting.

  5. Daniel Mosquin

    Paul Reed of Sunnyvale sent along this photograph of some exceedingly tall plants in Santa Barbara:

  6. Margaret-Rae Davis

    These are very good Photographs. I somehow wonder if it was a bit dangerous to take the pictures as they seem to have sharp points.
    Daniel with your help this summer I found out how I know of David Tarrant. Is there away to fine out more about him and what he has published? The short VHS tape I have of him is back in the late 1980’s. He was very interesting to listern to and I would like to see more about him.
    Thank you,

  7. Beverley

    Strelitzia nicolai – Z9 – RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths
    Strelitzia nicolai – minimum 10 degrees C/50 degrees F – A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Brickell, Cole, Zuk
    Strelitzia stre-lits-ee-a. Dictionary of Plant Names, Coombes

  8. Daniel Mosquin

    Hello Margaret-Rae – I don’t know of any one central location. David used to have a web site, but that wasn’t really working for him.
    His most recent work, Spring, doesn’t seem to be on DVD (yet?). The Canadian Gardener series is on via reruns on some networks, but I don’t know what’s available in your area. As for books, quite a few are out-of-print.
    That’s not very helpful of me, I’m sorry.

  9. Margaret-Rae Davis

    Daniel, thank you for trying to help me. I am going to turn to our Land grant University, U.Mass. Also my send a bulk email to ask all western Massachusetts Master Gardeners. Hopefully some of us older ones’ may have some of his books.
    It always nice the way to try and help.
    Thank You,

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