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Desert Bird of Paradise

Caesalpinia gilliesii

a.k.a. Yellow Bird of Paradise, Poinciana gilliesii

A short, arid-climate shrub with amazing flowers! Akin to some of its paradise flower relatives, this tough plant is a profuse bloomer and something to behold as a landscape plant.

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Shrubby growth habit to 6-12ft by 6-8ft. Deciduous. The ornate flowers bloom through most of the warmer months and are followed by woody, podded fruits.


Hardy to 10-15F.

Growing Environment

Grows very well in dry regions. Has a deep root system and needs little water when established, though more regular watering will promote blooming. Weathers hot and dry conditions with ease. Grow in full sun. Will grow in pretty much any soil type.


By seeds.


Mainly used as an ornamental, particularly in dry regions. The plant was once used medicinally in parts of South America. The seeds and seed pods are toxic.

Native Range

Native to South America, in particular Uruguay and Argentina. Has naturalized through much of the America's north to the Southwestern United States.

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