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Painting from 'Flowers' set by Daria Bagrintseva.

The stunning tropical plants known as the Bird of Paradise family all stop people dead in their tracks when displayed in a shop window. If you’ve seen one of these distinctive flowers and want to know more, read up on both the symbolic and botanical facts about this eye-catching flower.

As one of the more unusual looking flowers used for arranging and bouquets, the Bird of Flower carries symbolism such as:
the 9th wedding anniversary for a married couple
Freedom and the ability to travel, due to the flower’s resemblance to birds in flight
Magnificence, excellence and success
Royalty and a regal bearing
Paradise on Earth
Joy through challenges and successes alike
Faithfulness in romantic relationships
Optimism towards the future

The movement suggested by the spiked petals brings to mind a flock of birds gracefully departing. It’s not hard to see why it’s developed such a long list of different meanings.

All five different Bird of Paradise flowers get grouped together under the Strelitzia scientific name. While the common name comes from the bird-like appearance of the bloom, the scientific name is drawn from Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. She was married to King George III when the flower was first imported into Great Britain, so the royal gardener named it after her. It’s also more commonly called the crane flower in its native home.

The Bird of Paradise symbolizes many different meanings because it’s such an exotic and unusual flower. Everyone that encountered it developed their own idea of the bloom as a symbol. As a native lily from South Africa, freedom and beauty are the two traditional meanings that stand out the most. The Bird of Paradise also means a royalty lineage or bearing due to its association with ruling families. The sheer beauty of the contrasting petals makes it an obvious symbol of excellence and success. It’s not commonly used as a birth flower, but it is the floral gift given for the 9th wedding anniversary since the Bird of Paradise is reminiscent of faithfulness. As one of the largest individual blooms used for arranging, it’s usually used in the center with clusters of smaller matching flowers to make a statement.

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Acrylic and Gold Paint on canvas

Bird of paradise (2012)

$5,000

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