This is a Bird of Paradise that I bought in Houston about 3 years ago. It bloomed last November while it was in the greenhouse. I never dreamed it would bloom outside.
I keep this plant in a pot. This year I just sat it in the middle of one of the flower beds, simply trying to keep it alive during our hot summers. It was shaded a little by the castor beans. I think I will go outside and cut it now. The bloom lasts a week or so in the house.