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What is the orange bird of paradise?

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The orange bird of paradise is a tropical plant with orange and purple blooms that resemble birds. These blooms grow from gray-green foliage that grows in clumps that are 3 to 5 feet tall. The plants are slow to flower, waiting 4 to 5 years before the first blooms appear, though they tend to bloom continuously thereafter. The orange bird of paradise is also known as the crane flower.

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What is the orange bird of paradise?
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The orange bird of paradise is a tropical plant originating in South Africa. It is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 9 through 11. If temperatures dip below 24 degrees Fahrenheit and the ground doesn't freeze, the plant can survive, but it usually suffers damage to the flowers and buds.

The orange bird of paradise can be grown both indoors and outdoors. It requires a temperature between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit inside, with warm, bright light such as that from a southern or western exposure. Daily misting allows the plant to retain much-needed moisture that can be stripped from the foliage by drier indoor air. The soil should be kept moist during the blooming season, with the top inch allowed to dry out during the fall and winter. Outdoor plants prefer light shade. They thrive in fertile, well-drained locations and like loamy soil. Mulch can be used to help retain moisture and insulate the roots.

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