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common name: Yellow Bird of Paradise, Desert Bird of Paradise, Mexican Bird of Paradise, Ponciano, Barba de Chivo, Mal de Ojo
synonyms: Poinciana gilliesii
shrub, evergreen, semi-evergreen
brown & green
poisonous or irritant
dry soil, moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -10°C
USDA zone: 8 to 10
Fast growing large shrub of irregular habit, sometimes trained to form a small tree. Evergreen or semi-evergreen in warm climates but deciduous in cooler regions. Ferny, finely divided bi-pinnate foliage with small bluish-green leaflets.
Very showy conical racemes of yellow flowers with long prominent red stamens, produced mostly in early summer and then sporadically later.
Any moderately fertile, well-drained soil in a warm sunny position. Tolerates drought and very chalky soils. Dislikes cold and wet winter conditions, but in the UK may succeed in a sheltered location with good drainage.
Container grown plants can be overwintered under glass.
Notably resistant to honey fungus.
From seed or semi-ripe cuttings
Sub-tropical gardens, conservatory plant. Very exotic appearance.
Native to Argentina and Uruguay. Naturalised in parts of the USA and Turkey
Seeds and seed pods are very toxic.