Southwest Plant of the Month – Desert bird-of-paradise – Caesalpinia gilliesii
|Plant Form||Shrub||Plant Size||8′ x 6′|
|Plant Type||Deciduous||Water Usage||Low|
|Sun, Partial Shade||Colors||Yellow|
Physical Description Large yellow flowers with bright red stamens on open, angular branches with finely cut foliage. Blooms summer to fall.
Care and Maintenance: Stem die back requires pruning to remove deadwood. Strong smelling glandular foliage.
Gardener’s Notes: South American plant naturalized in El Paso. Very tough plant that needs little or no supplemental water once established.
Information from NMSU Southwest Yard and Garden Plant Advisor