Arizona’s well-known desert bird of paradise shrubs burgeon with vivid red flowers or delightful yellow blooms. The red bird of paradise, Caesalpinia Pulcherrima, is our favorite and we have several constituting a border.
This Red Bird of Paradise is a drought and heat tolerant shrub that relishes full sun with its lively red- orange flowers cultivating out of long, thin stalks.
All the Desert Bird of Paradise bushes are Perennial (only plant them once). Pruning and trimming is standard since these desert plants are easy growers; reaching over 10 feet tall. PRUNING your Desert Bird of Paradise
Looking for detailed information on the Mexican Bird of Paradise pictured below?
Caring for your Desert Bird of Paradise:
- Exposure: full sun, gets leggy in shade and blooming is reduced
- Water: deep irrigation; twice a week while blooming; height & growth rate determined by water supply
- Propagation: been pod seed, very easy; peat pots provide easy transplanting
- Soil: very tolerant, needs good drainage
- Hardiness: damaged at 32°F, with increasing damage as temperature decreases
- Leaves: fern-like, normally bright green turning red in winter, sometimes leafless in winter
- Range: common throughout Arizona Sonora desert, Mexico and naturalized in Texas
- Maintenance: pruning every year; sometimes pruned to ground in winter, periodic trimming to keep it shaped
More details for the Yellow Bird of Paradise shrub pictured below.
Peat Pots are great and make growing and transplanting your Desert Bird of Paradise seedlings easy. Start your seeds indoors and when you are ready to plant simply put the entire pot in the ground. Roots will penetrate the peat pot and the pot disintegrates enriching the soil.
To germinate Bird of Paradise seeds, soak the seeds from the bean pods (pods need to be brown) in water for 48-72 hours. Next plant them in peat pots, barely cover the seeds. You may prefer to use the paper towel method to germinate your seeds; if so, when a white shoot (root) appears, plant it with the white root DOWN. Cover the seeds lightly with damp soil.
Bird of Paradise seeds need at least 8 hours of sun, but not direct sun; it will be too hot! You can start to give them a little more direct sun after the first leaves appear.
These resilient desert bushes THRIVE in intense heat and look stunning with cactus, succulents, Lantana, even Bougainvillea!