The Red Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia pulcherrima), also known as Pride of Barbados or Peacock Flower, is often mistakenly called Mexican Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia mexicana), which is a similar plant with all yellow flowers. The stem, branches and petioles are armed with sharp spines and the leaves are fernlike and twice compound, with many small, oval leaflets. Seeds and pods of the Red Bird of Paradise may be poisonous. The plants need regular but infrequent watering in the desert. They die off in the colder weather, but we cut them to the ground and they grow back every year.Friday's visitors to the Red Bird of Paradise bushes included honey bees
and a large yellow Paper Wasp.
Prior posts on Red Bird of Paradise:
Bird of Paradise (Caesalpina Pulcherrima)
After Day 2