Something more beautiful than this favorite flower?  Not!  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. Although this plant is native to South Africa, it's not surprising that even hundreds of years ago, someone could not resist introducing it to other places around the world. 

Bird of Paradise pillow-Heleen Cornet