Botanical Name: Caesalpinia mexicana
Common Name: Mexican Bird Of Paradise  
Plant photo of: Caesalpinia mexicana
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Shrub


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Spring, Summer, Fall


Leaf Color

Green, Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

Japanese, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Tropical


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Specimen


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Parking Strip, Patio, Park, Raised Planter, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Mass Planting, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: George Hull MSN
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

Fragrant lemon yellow flowers in 3-6" long racemes. In colder areas, an herbaceous perennial often to only 3-6'. Ferny lush green foliage and spectacular flowers. Will tolerate more heat than most. Pods and seeds may be poisonous. Large shrub 15' tall & wide. Native of Northern Mexico. In low desert, evergreen and can bloom year round. No spines. Seeds are distributed by pods splitting but seedlings are easily controlled. Moderately rapid grower but needs well dr soil
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halway with native soil and water. 5. Finish backfilling hole, build basin and water.