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botanical name:
Caesalpinia gilliesii
Caesalpinia gilliesii © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Yellow Bird of Paradise, Desert Bird of Paradise, Mexican Bird of Paradise, Ponciano, Barba de Chivo, Mal de Ojo
synonyms:  Poinciana gilliesii
family:  Fabaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen, semi-evergreen
height: 3.00m
width: 2.00m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: blue-green
flower colour: yellow
fruit colour: light brown
stem/bark: brown & green
main season: Summer
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -10°C
USDA zone: 8 to 10
description:
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.

cultivation:
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.

propagation:
From seed or semi-ripe cuttings

usage:
Sub-tropical gardens, conservatory plant. Very exotic appearance.

other notes:
Native to Argentina and Uruguay. Naturalised in parts of the USA and Turkey

Seeds and seed pods are very toxic.
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