Mexican Bird of Paradise

Last Updated on February 17, 2023 by Paul Guzman

Mexican Bird of Paradise
Yellow pride of Barbados, or caesalpinia pulcherrima, member of the pea family under lovely blue sky

The Mexican Bird of Paradise Plant (Caesalpinia Mexicana).  It has a distinct yellow flower and is considered a large shrub.  It’s easy to make it grow as a small tree.  So, it would be perfect for a patio area for a small backyard.  It is very drought-tolerant and can tolerate freezing temperatures. It will be a challenging time growing when nighttime temperatures get below the mid-teens.

It goes by numerous names poinciana, peacock flower, red bird of paradise, and the Yellow Bird of paradise.

It can get up to 10-12 ft. tall sometimes taller and wider. It has flower clusters that are bright yellow, and fragrant and appear on the branches from spring until fall.  It is a fast-growing large plant that is well suited for the hot desert sun.

It can also tolerate partial shade, placing it on the east or north side of your home would be ok. But it really loves the full hot summer sun.  Unlike the Redbird of paradise, it will bloom in early spring.


Read more about the Mexican Bird of Paradise plant over at Wikipedia

The Redbird of Paradise is another Caesalpinia that has red-orange flowers.  Click here for more information 

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    • Clista Hancock
    • November 13, 2021

    Can I order plants to put in my garden? I love the Yellow Bird of Paradise Plant.

    1. Reply

      Sorry, Clista you will have to visit one of our stores to purchase them. They will be available about mid-spring 2022.

      • Robert
      • June 25, 2022

      I live in N.W. Louisiana and have been growing these beautiful Mexican Bird of Paradise plants from seeds for many years. They thrive here.

      1. Reply

        This is great to know Robert. I am sure they do well in lots of humidity. Do you get lots of freezing temps during the winter seasons Robert? I was stationed at Ft. Polk a looong time ago.

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