What flower is this?

mangledmind(AZ 9B)May 28, 2011

Was walking around a church and spotted this, and wonder what is it?

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mangledmind(AZ 9B)

Red Bird of Paradise, sometimes referred to as the Mexican Bird of Paradise

    Bookmark   May 28, 2011 at 9:39AM
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MaryMcP Zone 8b - Phx AZ

Do you often talk to yourself mangled? Maybe that's what's in a name? ;-)

    Bookmark   May 28, 2011 at 12:52PM
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mangledmind(AZ 9B)

LOL Mary ... it was driving me nuts tryin to figure out what this was, so I went a searchin AFTER I posted the question to the group ... LOL :)

    Bookmark   May 28, 2011 at 1:10PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

LOL, yup good old red bird of paradise (some folks now call it "red bop" saying the letters for Red Bird of Paradise as "bop", lol). Caesalpinia pulcherrima. It's a great plant for this climate--loves heat, loves sun. It sulks in winter and most folks cut it to 12-24 inches right after New Year to get the new shoots for form low on the plant so they're at eye level in summer. It'll get taller if you don't trim it back, but it does get leggy. Hacked to 12 inches in late winter, it's a beauty.

Oh, and there's a yellow version of the same species called "Phoenix", so yup, there's a yellow red bird of paradise, LOL. Just like with Hesperaloe parviflora, the "red yucca" which also has a yellow form, yellow "red yucca", heh heh.

Yellow bird of paradise is Caesalpinia gilliesii which is another fun plant, much taller, much leggier, but with neat yellow blooms and long dangling stamens. Smaller leaflets too. A little rangier, but also fun.

Great plant though! You gonna grow some??

Take care,
Grant

    Bookmark   May 30, 2011 at 6:37PM
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mangledmind(AZ 9B)

Grant, we found a Yellow BOP yesterday, was planted along a pathway at the Rio Vista Community Park, had my camera but for some unknown reason I didn't take a picture ?????? it was GORGEOUS ...

    Bookmark   May 31, 2011 at 10:57AM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Hah! Maybe next time. There's a great yellow bird of paradise down the street from me and I admire it spring through autumn (though not in winter, LOL). They do a great job of keeping it trimmed enough to stay somewhat bushy, but leaving it enough time to make blooms. It looks great.

The yellow form of red bird of paradise is nice too. There are very few members of Caesalpinia that I don't like!

Take care!
Grant

    Bookmark   June 4, 2011 at 1:31PM
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