Difference between bird of paradise plants

Difference Between Bird of Paradise Plants

Recently many folks have been asking our staff and myself what the difference Between Bird of Paradise Plants are?

  1. Red Bird of Paradise
  2. Yellow Bird of Paradise
  3. Mexican Bird of Paradise
  4. Bird of Paradise

So…without further ado here are those differences.

Red Bird of Paradise – Botanical name: Caesalpinia pulcherrima:Difference Between Bird of Paradise Plants

The Red Bird of paradise in the southwest has a distinct bright red and yellow flower.  Depending on what part of the southwest you live it could be considered a perennial.  Also Called “The Pride of Barbados”.  Sometimes mistakenly called the Mexican bird of paradise.

However, in the higher elevations or places where temperatures get below 20° degrees Fahrenheit it is considered an annual.

It will bloom all late spring, summer and into fall.

In the Las Cruces, NM area it can become a perennial providing you do the following.

How to take care of Your Red Bird of Paradise Plant

Water regularly during spring, summer and fall seasons.  In winter trim the plant low to the ground.  Cover the root system with mulch to help keep the root system alive during the winter season.  More information on Red Bird of Paradise here.


The Yellow Bird of Paradise Botanical name: Caesalpinia gilliesii:

Difference Between Bird of Paradise Plants

Sometimes called the Desert bird of paradise. The flower is not as showy as the Red Bird Variety. But, the plant is much hardier and requires less water. It is a maintenance-free plant.

They re-seed themselves and grow wild in and around the desert Southwest. Some folks call it the Mexican bird of paradise.

The Yellow Bird of paradise is a perennial and will come back vigorously every year. More info here.


The Mexican Bird of Paradise Botanical name: Caesalpinia Mexicana:

Mexican Bird Paradise
Photo Credit – Gihan Jayaweera

Is very similar to the Red one but the leaves are larger and the flower is bright yellow color. It is native to Mexico and will only bloom in spring.

Many Southwestern cities use this plant for landscaping roads and interstate highways. It is virtually maintenance-free and requires little watering. With a little pruning, it can be trimmed into a small tree.

Here is another photo via Mountain States Website. More on this plant here.

 


The Bird of Paradise Botanical name: Stelitzia reginaeBird of Paradise

This is a houseplant in places where outdoor freezing temperatures are common.

In the Southwest, it is placed indoors. However, if you live where you do not get freezing temps you can place them outdoors.

They can get up to 12′ in height and about 4-5′ wide.   Great for those who have high room ceilings.


Difference Between Bird of Paradise Plants

You should now know the difference between these plants. You can also search using the botanical names of each plant.  The top results will corroborate this post.

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