H11. White Bird of Paradise

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The 6 - 8' leaves are grey-green and arranged in fans atop the trunks.  Plants form clumps of several variably sized trunks that may grow to 18' in width under optimal conditions.  The inflorescence is composed of a dark blue bract, white sepals and bluish-purple "tongue".  The entire "bird" can be as large as 7" high by 18" long and is typically held just above the point where the leaf fan emerges from the trunk.  Triangular seed capsules follow flowers.