Red Bird of Paradise

Caesalpinia pulcherrima

Red Bird of Paradise, also known as Pride of Barbados, is a stunning and drought-tolerant plant that can add both visual appeal and ecological value to an Arizona pollinator garden. This plant produces clusters of orange and red flowers that are attractive to native bees, such as bumblebees and carpenter bees.

Red Bird of Paradise is not known to be a host plant for butterfly larvae, but it is still a valuable addition to a pollinator garden due to its nectar and pollen resources. By planting Red Bird of Paradise, gardeners can support the populations of important pollinators and enhance the beauty of their garden.

Flowers: Summer to fall
Status: Non-native
Origin: Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America
Family: Fabaceae
Size: 6-10 feet tall and wide
Sun: Full sun to light shade
Watering: Low to moderate water, drought-tolerant once established
Growth Rate: Fast
Soil: Well-draining soils, sandy or loamy soil
Temperature: Heat tolerant, frost sensitive
Pruning: Prune severely in late winter
Disease and Pests:
Uses: Attracts pollinators, particularly hummingbirds and butterflies
Notes: Flowering is most intense in June before Monsoons. Goes dormant in winter with significant leaf loss. Sharp prickles on the stems.


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