Red Bird of Paradise

Caesalpinia pulcherrima

Photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed in Phoenix, Arizona, Sept. 2003.

While not a native to Arizona, this widely planted ornamental provides an abundance of color straight through the hottest summer months yet with a minimum expenditure of precious water. Some native bees and butterflies use the flowers. Sharp-shooters (type of leafhopper insect) sometime feed on the sap; otherwise I have not found a lot of wildlife associated with this plant in the Sonoran Desert. This plant is native to the Caribbean and South America.

Family: Fabaceae -- Bean Family

More Information:

Sonoran Desert Field Guide
Sonoran Desert Places
Sonoran Desert Naturalist Home Page

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 26 January 2005,
updated 8 Nov. 2015