Desert Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia gilliesii)


Desert Bird of Paradise

Caesalpinia gilliesii

The Desert Bird of Paradise features feathery-type foliage that can soften any landscape – it’s a great choice for both waterwise and tropical landscape styles! Native to Argentina and Uruguay, Caesalpinia gilliesii is a tough, fast growing shrub with large, ornate yellow flowers and striking long red stamens that add impressive color into any landscape. You’ll love the sight of the hummingbirds and butterflies that come in droves, attracted to the showy flowers! We love to plant them in groups, where they can create one of the best-looking textural hedges or screens you can find!

Anyone looking for an attractive shrub that requires minimal care will also appreciate this Desert Bird of Paradise. It’s a large open shrub that likes to grow where there’s plenty of full sun exposure and it absolutely loves the heat! It doesn’t require much water, in fact, once established, it has low to moderate watering needs. While it is a low maintenance plant, some people like to prune the branch ends following a bloom cycle to keep it looking fuller and help promote a quicker rebloom – don’t worry though, you can easily prune this shrub with your bare hands!

There are many plants that will are the perfect companion to this Desert Bird of Paradise. We love to plant them in any landscape with Bottlebrush, Agave’s and Yucca plants, for a look that can add curb appeal and value to your property! This is a great looking shrub for any Southern California landscape!

  • Also known as the Yellow Bird of Paradise and Hardy Bird of Paradise
  • Thrives in a wide range of soils – will grow in pretty much any soil type
  • Medium to tall partially evergreen shrub
  • Large, ornate yellow flowers and striking long red stamens
  • Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
  • Water-wise
  • Fast growing
  • Great accent plant
  • Long-lived, durable plant


Medium to tall accent shrub with an open canopy.

Great for both desert and tropical landscapes

Attracts Hummingbirds

Soft yellow flowers with bright red stamens spring through fall