Collection: Birds of Paradise

ARTIST: Fr. Bob Gilroy, SJ


Jacob shall cause those to come to take root; Israel shall blossom and flower; so that the faces of the world shall be filled with produce.
(Isaiah 27:6)

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Bird of Paradise Flower Story & Origins

The bird of paradise flower meaning includes joy and paradise, as it is the quintessential tropical flower. It originates from South Africa, where it is also nicknamed the Crane Flower. This flower has been grown at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, South Africa since 1773. The scientific name for the bird of paradise is Strelitzia reginae, which was named by Sir Joseph Banks, who was the director of the royal gardens. He named genus, Strelitzia, after Queen Charlotte who was the Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

The bird of paradise gets its name from the fact that its flower is made of three bright orange petals and three blue petals which are fused together into a single bud. As the flower blooms, each petal makes its debut and the resulting shape mirrors that of a tropical bird in flight.

Bird of Paradise Flower Meanings

Bird of paradise meanings include joyfulness and paradise, as well as anticipation and excitement.