OOTY: The ‘Bird of Paradise’, a differently shaped attractive flower, brings charm to the gardens and steady revenue to flower growers. This is a flower of South African origin and fetches a good price in the cut-flower trade.
Since its cultivation is mostly confined to poly-green houses engaged in cut-flower production, it often evades the attention of people. The flower obtains its name from its unique shaped flowers, which resemble that of brilliantly coloured birds in flight.
Stating that there are three different varieties of ‘Bird of Paradise’ flowers which belong to the species Strelitzia reginae that grow well in the Nilgiris, Mr N. Mani, joint director of Horticulture here said that this flower grows well in the lower reaches of the hills, especially in Kotagiri, Coonoor and in the Masinagudi belt.
Mr S. Sunder, a florist here said that the ‘Bird of Paradise’ normally fetches up to Rs 15 apiece. It is long lasting in nature and has high ornamental value that makes it a preferred flower for decorations. The price of the flower soars during the festival and other celebratory occasions, he added.