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Common Name Desert Bird of Paradise, Yellow Bird of Paradise, Bird of Paradise
Latin Name Caesalpinia gilliesii  
Family Fabaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones 8-16, 18-23 / 8-11
Type / Form Shrub/ Medium
Native Habitat Uruguay and Argentina, naturalized in southwest U. S.
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam with low organic content, well drained
Exposure Full sun to partial shade
Water Once per month
Height X Width 4 feet X 4 feet, maximum 8 foot X 10 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Small green deciduous
Flowers On branch terminals, informal racine of solid yellow flowers with long red stamens; bloom mainly in spring and early summer, then sporadically; 4-5 in long; showy
Bark / Roots Greenish stems, noticeable lenticils, spineless; slender trunk if any /
Maintenance Little though some litter
Propagation Seed, with slight scarification
Pests and Diseases None
Landscape uses Erosion control, container, rock garden, borders, low maintenance, foliage accent, parkways
Garden Suitability Hummingbird, Thornless
Ornamental Value Showy red and yellow flowers mainly in spring and summer, sporadically after that
Nature Value Hummingbirds use flowers
Native American Uses None
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    Nursery Oak Hills Nursery, 13874 Ranchero Road, Oak Hills, 92345, 760-947-6261
  Note:  Seed pods are poisonous