Red Bird of Paradise
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Yellow Bird of Paradise
The Red Bird of Paradise (also known as the Barbados pride or Peacock Flower) is a multi-trunked, upright- & open-growing shrub that can reach 10 feet tall or higher with an equal spread.
This shrub is native to the tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas; although, due to extensive cultivation, the exact origins of this plant are unknown. It is cold hardy to roughly 30 degrees Fahrenheit, requires full sunshine, and needs a moderate amount of supplemental water in the Summer.
Red Birds of Paradise produce low amounts of litter from spent flower heads, seed pods, & some foliage. The wood from these shrubs is also quite brittle, so care should be taken around them. Additionally, their stems are somewhat prickly, so caution should be taken when pruning or handling.
Whiteflies are a common pest of these shrubs and can be controlled by particular chemical methods. The seeds that this shrub drops are mildly toxic and should not be ingested. Additionally, spent flower head should be pruned off in August to achieve blooms in September & October. Major pruning (even to the ground) can be done, but should only be done in the Winter.
The Red Bird of Paradise produces very exotic, large flowers with red/orange/yellow petals and long red stamens that bloom in the Summer. This shrub has a gorgeous display of these blooms in early Summer (June/July), just before the Arizona Monsoon Thunderstorm Season. This shrub is also a major hummingbird magnet.
A cultivar from the Desert Tree Farm Nursery in Phoenix, AZ called ‘Phoenix Bird’, is also available on the market. This particular cultivar has a somewhat slower growth rate and large, all-yellow blooms with yellow stamens.
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