Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Mexican Bird of Paradise

There are several large flowers that are common to the Salt River Valley that are called Mexican Bird of Paradise or Caesalpinia pulcherrima. This is one plant with a plethora of common names including: Poinciana, Peacock Flower, Red Bird of Paradise, Dwarf Poinciana, Pride of Barbados, and flamboyan-de-jardin. The Mexican Bird of Paradise (called the Red Bird of Paradise) is the national flower of Barbados. We have a huge colorful bush of these flowers growing every summer in our backyard.

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