Form: A shrub with an open, casual appearance.
Leaf retention: Evergreen but cold deciduous.
Growth rate: Rapid.
Mature Size: 6' high and nearly as wide.
Flowers: Yellow flowers in spikes, with 3" long red stamens.
Bloom: Spring through summer.
Fruit: Slightly curved brown seed pods pop open unexpectedly when ripe, scattering large, flattened
bean-like seeds. The pods are ready to open when the seeds inside can be heard rattling freely.
Leaves: Small green acacia-like leaflets.
Stems: No thorns.
Roots: A nitrogen-fixing legume*.
Wildlife: Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
Toxic / Danger: All parts are poisonous.
Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 7-11.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun is required to avoid fungal infections during the rainy season.
Water once established: Once or twice a month.
Soil: Well-drained, low organic content, pH 5.6-8.5 (acidic to alkaline). Plant in a hole at least
2' deep; shallow rocky soil results in a stunted plant. *Do not use a nitrogen fertilizer.
Mulch: Keep away from stem if used.
Prune: Remove dead and damaged stems after the last frost.
This plant is a member of the Legume family (Fabaceae). Other common names are Desert
Bird of Paradise and Yellow Bird of Paradise.
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