Drought Tolerant shrubs with Orange, Red and Yellow Flowers

Texas bushes with orange flowers

The flowers on the Red, Yellow and Mexican Bird of Paradise bushes are thriving in the sweltering heat.  Vivid energetic colors of this drought tolerant shrub are sure to catch the eye of any passer-by.

desert plant with red and orange flowers
drought tolerant flowering shrub in the desert

This is one of our favorite desert shrubs we recommend to people who want flowering plants that are perennial (you need to plant them only once), hardy, low care, and drought resistant.

arizona texas shrubs
orange flowering bushes can take the heat

With an abundance of fern-like leaves these delightful shrubs can add a tropical perspective to any desert landscape!

orange red yellow flowering shrubs
Mexican and Red Bird of Paradise bushes

Pruning your Red Bird of Paradise, Caesalpinia pulcherrima , should be in late winter or early spring. Use a sharp pair of garden shears.  Our Bird of Paradise bushes are pruned about 16 inches from ground level.

Phoenix Tucson bushes shrubs flowers
Pride of Barbados, bushes with red orange flowers

Caesalpinia gilliesii, Yellow Bird of Paradise or sometimes called “Desert Bird of Paradise” is a shrub that has been naturalized in Texas.

bushes with long red string things
Yellow Bird of Paradise Flowering Bush

The signature long red stamens adorn the clusters of charming yellow flowers. Originally from Argentina, this Yellow Bird of Paradise upright shrub is very fast growing.

varieties of bird of paradise plants
long red stamen on Yellow Bird of Paradise plants

This long-lived, drought tolerant plant is very durable along with cold and heat tolerant.  Exposure to full sun is best!  All parts of the bird of paradise plants are toxic.  Yellow Bird of Paradise can grow to the height of 10 ft.

bushes shrubs with bean pods
Yellow Bird of Paradise

Plant your Bird of Paradise in full sun locations.  These bushes do fine in any well-drained soil including rocky, native soils.

In the Spring, prune to remove dead or damaged stems.  In the summer water your Yellow Bird of Paradise every week.  Water it deeply to stimulate a long taproot.  Once established the Yellow Bird of Paradise will need less water.

Caesalpinia gilliesii, yellow bird of paradise

These desert favorites are easy to find, inexpensive, and provide exciting color over and over throughout the year.  All Bird of Paradise plants are winners for your Arizona or desert landscape!

Red Bird of Paradise, red, orange and yellow flowers

The Red Bird of Paradise is a fast grower, and will get large!  It is hardy and does well in any soil; but, the better drainage you have the healthier the plant will be.

Texas bushes with orange red flowers
Red bird of paradise shrubs grow large

Bird of Paradise plants look bare during the winter but they always come back strong and healthy! The seeds and bean pods are poisonous so be careful your children and pets don’t eat them.

heat tolerant bushes with red flowers
Bushes with orange and red flowers

Red Bird of Paradise is very hardy and drought tolerant once the taproot is established.  With a little mulch at the base, they come back year after year.

Texas bushes with orange flowers
Red Bird of Paradise is also Pride of Barbados Bush
bushes with red orange yellow flowers
Arizona red flowering desert shrubs

Many people refer to this red and orange desert bush as the Mexican Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia mexicana). The actual Mexican Bird of Paradise has all yellow flowers and is larger.

yellow flowering bush heat drought tolerant
desert shrub with yellow flowers and round leaves

Being native to Mexico, Caesalpinia Mexicana  is the real Mexican Bird of Paradise.  It is larger with ROUND leaves and can be pruned into a small tree.

Mexican Bird of Paradise bush
round leaves and yellow flowers of the Caesalpinia mexicana

Author: tjsgarden

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14 thoughts on “Drought Tolerant shrubs with Orange, Red and Yellow Flowers”

  1. They are in full bloom everywhere, one of my favorite shrubs. I should have gotten one, although they go dormant in the winter.


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  2. I Had a Bird of paradise bush and it was removed when i redid my garden. I kept the seeds and put then somewhere very safe, and now cant find them. If anyone has some seeds I could have it would be appreciatted. I live in Perth W Australia


  3. I’ve seen the yellow bird of paradise growing along roads, far from civilization in the Big Bend area, and along the roadside from El Paso to Socorro, old US 85, now I-25, in the desolate Chihuahuan Desert in the early 1950s. What am I missing. It certainly feels like a native of the southwest and Mexico.


  4. Can you tell me how long the tap root would be for a 2′ tall yellow BoP and what to do with a small (8″) yellow BoP whose tap root has been disturbed? The smaller one isn’t looking good. I have been giving it water regularly in hopes that it will re-establish itself but it doesn’t seem to be helping…at least from the surface. Thank you!


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  6. I have a question about the yellow and the red BoP. What is the lowest temperature they can resist? Does it resist ground freezing and snow?


  7. I Heart my Birds! I have a question, though. Is the Red Desert Bird the same as the Pride of Barbados? I’ve been cutting mine back to the ground, but this seems severe. If it’s not the same, would it be o.k. to trim it back to 18″ like you do your Red?


    1. Hi Rufus, yes they are one in the same 🙂 When spring comes be sure to trim off any damage from cold weather. Also, I’m adding quite a bit of mulch at the bottom for the winter.


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