Desert Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia gilliesii)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Caesalpinia gilliesii Accepted
Erythrostemon gilliesii Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 5-10 feet
Plant Spread: 4-6 feet
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on new wood
Flower Color: Bi-Color: Yellow and red
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip
Pollinators: Various insects


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Posted by Katie (Jacksonville, TX - Zone 8a) on Jun 24, 2013 10:52 AM

This is a very pretty plant, but it attracts stink bugs. The stink bugs cause the seed pods to prematurely dry.

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Posted by Trish (Jacksonville, TX - Zone 8a) on Apr 29, 2012 7:13 PM

Yellow flowers with red stamens.
Low water needs once established.
Nitrogen fixer.

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Posted by CDsSister (Greenwood Village, CO - Zone 5b) on Aug 29, 2012 7:33 PM

What an interesting plant: the bloom, the leaves, and the fruit.

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