Botanical Name: Caesalpinia pulcherrima
Common Name: Red Bird Of Paradise, Dwarf Poincia  
Plant photo of: Caesalpinia pulcherrima
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color

Orange, Red, Yellow


Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Green, Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season








Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Spanish, Tropical


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Specimen


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Background, Foundation, Parking Strip, Patio, Park, Parking Lot, Raised Planter, With Rocks


Special Uses

Mass Planting


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

With showy orange-red flowers and bright red stamens, this is an excellent plant for tropical schemes. It is also useful in desert settings, complete with infrequent, deep supplemental water. It can grow to 10' tall and wide. It is best if cut to the ground in early spring to regenerate new stems. Ripe seeds are poisonous. It does not look good in winter months. Growth is rapid in summer. It prefers good drainage. Prune to ground in late winter. There is a nectar supply from spring to fall.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halway with native soil and water. 5. Finish backfilling hole, build basin and water.