Water Wise Plants of the Week: Red Bird of Paradise & Moonlight
Caesalpinia pulcherrima ‘Red Bird of Paradise’ or ‘Mexican Bird of Paradise’
One of the most popular summer bloomers around, the Red Bird of Paradise will really make any landscape pop! From May through August this tropical looking shrub produces loads of spectacular flower clusters. It goes dormant and drops its leaves in the winter, but as soon it heats back up this shrub will explode to around 5-6 feet tall. Extremely heat tolerant and low water, this vibrant shrub will turn heads every summer!
A large fast-growing upright shrub up to 12 feet tall by 8 feet wide with fine textured foliage and large ivory-colored spidery toothbrush-like flowers at the branch tips nearly year-round. Great for attracting hummingbirds, bees and butterflies into the garden and is a beautiful garden shrub whose flowers are useful in bouquets. This lacey shrub will add a unique texture and interesting flower to your yard as a focal point.